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Time Traveling In Winter Hill

When Leo Brown crawled under the porch of his Winter Hill home, he mostly found what he was expecting: cobwebs, discarded furniture, old rat poison. He was scoping out the crawl space to see if he could eventually install air conditioning on the all season porch above, and hoping to clear out some of the […]

Fall Conversation 2019: How Can We Make Change Here?

At this year’s Fall Conversation, the Cambridge Historical Society brings together Cheyenne Wyzzard-Jones and Dr. Charlotte Ryan, two radical educators and activists with Cambridge ties, to discuss what drives them to engage and how they do it. In dialogue with moderator Mary McNeil, our speakers will discuss: What issues motivated them, and how did they […]

Oral History Roundtable

Join the Cambridge Historical Society on Tuesday, October 22, 6-8 PM at Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, 71 Cherry Street, Cambridge for an update on our 2019 oral history project. Led by scholar Diana Lempel, you’ll hear from the project team and oral history narrators about what we’re learning from the narrators’ stories about the pivotal […]

What’s New: Getting Creative

Harvard Square Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Narrowly Stays in Harvard Multiple construction projects in Harvard Square—along with a decrease in foot traffic and ever-rising rents—almost sent the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative searching for new digs. “We just feel like we need to be in a new space so that we can get the customers back and not […]

History Café 2: Engaging with “Difficult Histories” Workshop

We invite you to join us at the next History Cafe, where scholars Stephen Berrey and Tatiana Cruz will reflect on ways to grapple with “difficult histories,” based on Berrey’s expertise on the history of blackface and minstrelry. How do we deal with the tough stuff of history? Using blackface as a lens to engage […]

How Does Cambridge Engage? Opening Conversation

Join the Cambridge Historical Society in launching this year’s program theme, “How does Cambridge engage?” with a conversation between Dr. Karilyn Crockett, MIT lecturer in Public Policy and Urban Planning, and Diana Lempel, the Society’s Doing History Curator.  Karilyn and Diana will discuss how everyday people in our city took collective action to stop the […]

Opening Conversation & Annual Meeting

Join us at this Opening Conversation, launching our 2018 theme, “Where is Cambridge From?” Opening Conversation speakers Alexandra Sedlovskaya and Dr. Kerri Greenidge, guided by Diana Lempel; will be setting the table for this year’s programs which will explore the ways Cantabrigians define where they’re “from” and why it matters. What makes someone feel they’re […]

“Apothecary Now” History Café

Conversation with Rachel Meyers, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals; Robert Skenderian, Skenderian Apothecary; and moderated by Dwaipayan Banerjee. Get a peek behind the scenes to learn how life-saving drugs are developed in a biopharmaceutical lab, and hear from a 3rd-generation Cambridge pharmacist. We’ll be talking about the drug pipeline, and the different ways drug producing and dispensing companies […]

“Apothecary Now” History Café

6:30-8pm: Conversation with Rachel Meyers from Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and Robert Skenderian from Skenderian Apothecary. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals. Get a peek behind the scenes to learn how life-saving drugs are developed, and hear from a 3rd-generation Cambridge pharmacist.

Making the Past Present at the Cambridge Historical Society

Tucked away in the 17th-Century Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, about halfway between Harvard Square and Fresh Pond Parkway, the Cambridge Historical Society doesn’t see much foot traffic. And that’s just fine with recently hired Executive Director Marieke Van Damme. “We’ve realized that being a museum is not what’s going to bring people to this site,” Van Damme […]