2018-Past-History Cafés and Walking Tours

Check back soon for dates to upcoming History Cafés and Walking Tours! History Cafés are lively conversations with experts, bringing a historical perspective to timely topics in unique settings around Cambridge. They are social, conversational, and fun. Come to learn, stay for good conversation, refreshments, and cheer! This year’s “Where is Cambridge From?” History Cafés will explore the past and … Read More

07/24/18: Past—History Café 4: City People and Old Cambridge People

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Thank you to Katherine Howe, author, and Society board member Ed Rodley, 4th generation Cambridge Irish-American, for leading a conversation about two defining Cambridge types—Brahmins and City People—at the heart of where Cambridge is from. Thank you as well to Archivist Maggie Hoffman and Intern Lydia MacKay, for giving us a peek into the Society’s archives, including a brief look at the Susan Nichols’ journals from the late 1800s.

07/09/18: Past — History Café 3 & Walking Tour: Caribbean Community in the Port

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We want to thank the fantastic speakers, those who led the walking tour, Joe Galusha and Marian Darlington-Hope, as well as the history café, when we were joined by Cleola Payne and Selvin Chambers, as well as the Lamplighter Brewing Co. for providing a wonderful space, and of course everyone who showed up and participated! We learned a lot about the history and current situation of the Port neighborhood, especially the Caribbean community which has been so central to its story.

05/30/18: Past — “Where is Cambridge From?” History Cafe 1: East Cambridge & The Facts

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We enjoyed a lively evening of conversation and learning at the great Atwood’s Tavern! Thanks to all of the participants for coming and sharing their curiosity and enthusiasm about East Cambridge and “the facts.” Our speakers, Cliff Cook and Michael Delia, with the guidance of our moderator Reed Gochberg, had much to say on subjects of demographic trends, a changing East Cambridge, and the central role of the East End House in the neighborhood.

Past “Apothecary Now: A look inside the medicine cabinet” History Café

Apothecary Versus Prescription Drug Mass Production

Join us Wednesday, 9/27/17 at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals for a ​peek inside​ yesterday’s and today’s medicine cabinet ​​with Rachel Meyers from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Robert Skenderian of Skenderian Apothecary. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is located at 300 Third St., Cambridge, MA 02142. Click here to buy tickets Check back soon for more updates.

Past “Whose Kendall?” History Café and Walking Tour

Kendall Square Then and Now

Join us Tuesday, 9/12/17 at Cambridge Brewing Company for a Walking Tour ​& Talk about ​this dramatically changing neighborhood of Cambridge with Daniel Berger-Jones​ from Cambridge Historical Tours​ ​and Peter Abair​ from Mass Bio. Cambridge Brewing Company is located at 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139. Click here to buy tickets Check back soon for more updates.

Past History Café – “Common Goods” History Café and Workshop

Windsor Chairs then and now

Thursday, June 15, 2017 6-7pm: “Common Goods” Workshop (Cambridge Arts) Free. Location: Cambridge Common, at the Main Plaza / Civil War Monument Demonstration and performance by artists Allison Smith & Judith Leeman. Free. How do common American crafts such as the Windsor chair inform the common good? Can they point us to a future “commons” that we want? 7:15-8:30pm: History … Read More

Past History Café – Candy, Soap, or Beer? The Working Life in The Port Neighborhood of Cambridge

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Tuesday, 05/09/17, 5:30–8:00pm 5:30–6:30pm Walking Tour: Tour The Port with Marian Darlington-Hope; focusing on the manufacturing history, and workers’ lives in The Port, through time. Tour starts in front of Lamplighter Brewing Company at 5:30pm sharp. Please show up by 5:25. 6:45–8:00pm History Café: Cayla Marvil will tell Lamplighter’s story of making beer in Cambridge today. Learn about their unique … Read More