Our 2019 Sweet Souls oral history project offers answers to questions of local engagement: What is the role of a settlement house institution like the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in the history of engagement in Cambridge? How has the Fuller House–and the community that engages with it–navigated the relationship between the everyday work of meeting basic needs, and the transformational effort to make change?

Answers emerge from listening to eight “Sweet Souls” narrators—Duane Brown, Selvin Chambers, Marian Darlington-Hope, Denise Foderingham, George Greenidge Sr., Donnie Harding, Richard Harding, and Nancy Ryan—recounting their life stories and the ways the Fuller House weaves through their lives.

Read the Oral Histories here.