Share Your Stories of Engagement!

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We need your help to unravel the questions that surround this year’s theme, “How Does Cambridge Engage?” How are you making a difference for the causes you believe in? How are you a part of history? Are historical events moving around you, or are they moving through you? Are you a part of the action? How will you leave your … Read More

Recap: Cambridge Open Archives 2019

In late June, the Cambridge Historical Society participated in the eleventh annual Cambridge Open Archives, a free event organized by the Cambridge Historical Commission where archival repositories around Cambridge open their doors to visitors and highlight thematic collections. This year’s theme was “Politics and Activism in Cambridge (and Beyond).” Visitors to the Society had the opportunity to learn about and … Read More

CHS Executive Director Marieke Van Damme Invites Your Stories of Engagement

Click here to share your story! The question posed by this year’s theme at the Cambridge Historical Society, “How Does Cambridge Engage?” has brought to mind the many ways that we have taken part in political and cultural movements, starting with the American Revolution. Ever since our founding as Newe Towne in 1636, the citizens of Cambridge have come together … Read More

“Sweet Souls” Oral History Project Underway

The Cambridge Historical Society has launched an oral history project, in partnership with the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and The Loop Lab. This summer, “Sweet Souls, Voices from the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge” will be documenting the life stories of twelve people, or “narrators,” closely affiliated with the 117-year-old settlement house in the Port, using audio recordings and … Read More

50 Years Later: Harvard’s 1969 Protests

In Cambridge, as in the rest of America, the late 1960s were a period of unrest and upheaval. As we consider our 2019 theme “How Does Cambridge Engage?” we benefit from looking back fifty years to the Spring of  1969. The events of April 8th-10th, 1969 were a response to the Vietnam War and the social and political tensions it sparked. … Read More

Recap of 6/25/19 History Cafe 2: Engaging with “Difficult Histories” Workshop

Thank you to all who joined us at the First Church of Cambridge for the June 25th History Café: Engaging with “Difficult Histories” Workshop. The Café was led by two historians, Dr. Stephen Berrey, University of Michigan, and Dr. Tatiana Cruz, Lesley University, who guided us through a facilitated conversation based on their research and scholarship. Dr. Berrey’s academic research … Read More

Serjeant Family Letters Digitized for Online Research

This collection will be featured at our 2019 Open Archives on June 27. We are delighted to announce that the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati has generously provided funding to digitize the Cambridge Historical Society’s Serjeant Family Letters (1769-1840) (formerly the Winwood Serjeant Letters) and make them accessible to the public on our website and in person at the historic … Read More

Self-Guided Bike Tour: Pedaling the People’s Republic, A History of Political Activism in Cambridge

The city played a central role in the American Revolution and the abolitionist movement before being named “The People’s Republic” for its role in the anti-war, civil rights, tenant’s rights, gay rights, sustainable development, and environmental movements. Pedaling the People’s Republic will take participants on a tour of past political activity from the Revolution to the grass roots movements of the 20th century.

CHS Executive Director Marieke Van Damme Introduces our 2019 Theme: How Does Cambridge Engage?

At the annual Opening Conversation held at the Cambridge Public Library in February, Cambridge Historical Society Executive Director Marieke Van Damme discussed the theme that will shape the Society’s programs throughout 2019: How Does Cambridge Engage? Three years ago, we decided to tackle issues that Cambridge is facing today and to offer a historical perspective. We vowed to be timely, … Read More