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
Candy Maddalo’s grandparents moved from Palermo, Sicily to East Cambridge. Her father was the first generation here. He worked in the Court House Barbershop from 1951 until he passed away in 2002. Among her childhood memories: “[My father’s barbershop] was open six days a week from 6 in the morning to 6 at night. He was there all the time … Read More
Fred Fantini was born in Cambridge in 1949. He is a member of the Cambridge School Committee. Among his childhood memories: “In those days like I said my mother would wake us up at 7am and we would be gone for the day. Our street was loaded with kids. I would go up to the Cambridge Common and play baseball … Read More
Jean Raymond has lived in the same house on Thorndike Street in Cambridge for 75 years. Her parents were both born in Nova Scotia. Among her childhood memories: “My sisters worked at the candy factory for a short time. It was called something else before Necco. They also worked somewhere else where they made things for the war. There was … Read More
Dan Percoco was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge in 1942. His parents were born in Cambridge, and his grandparents came from Italy. Among his childhood memories: “There used to be a prison down by the courthouse and we used to race our bikes down there. We would look under the gate and see all the prisoners’ feet walking … Read More
Pierre Fils-Aime was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti. He first traveled to the US as a member of Haiti’s national volleyball team, to represent Haiti in an international volleyball tournament at Miami Dade University in Florida. After graduating from SUNY Binghamton with a major in psychobiology, he moved to Boston to be near his sister. He is currently a Community Coordinator … Read More
Jean Dany Joachim was born and grew up in Haiti. He visited Boston in 1989 to help care for a sick friend; political unrest in Haiti kept him from returning. He produces the City Nights Reading Series and was the Poet Populist of Cambridge from 2009-2011. He is the current Poet in Residence at First Church in Cambridge.
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