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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 […]


History Café 3: Engaging through the Arts

In partnership with Central Square Theater, we invite artists David Fichter, Eryn Johnson, and Vincent Siders to discuss how the arts can serve as a catalyst for– or reaction to– change. We ask, how is their work informed by a history of social justice in the arts? Does this build on a legacy of such […]


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 […]


Book Talk with Heli Meltsner: The Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts

Meticulously researched and with abundant color photos, Arts and Crafts Houses of Massachusetts focuses on the state’s Arts and Crafts domestic architecture and is the only book to include an illustrated field guide. In this talk, Heli Meltsner will help us identify qualities of this difficult-to-describe movement. At least two of the state’s most prominent architects chose […]


History Café 1: Digital Engagement

This year we at Cambridge Historical Society ask, “How does Cambridge engage?” On April 10, City Councilors Alanna Mallon and Sumbul Siddiqui discuss “How does Cambridge engage in the digital realm?” Chatting about local politics and their weekly podcast, “Women Are Here,” the two city councilors will reflect on the ways local government has engaged with residents historically, and how […]


Fall Symposium “Where is Cambridge From?”

The Past and Present of Immigration and Sanctuary Who is Welcome and Safe Here? Who feels welcome and safe in Cambridge? A look at the city’s history around immigration and sanctuary can reveal some compelling truths about the present. Cambridge became a sanctuary city in 1985, but what does sanctuary really mean for residents, for […]


“Where is Cambridge From?” History Cafe 1: East Cambridge & The Facts

Join us for two perspectives on where Cambridge is from: Hear from Cliff Cook, Cambridge Planning Information Manager, about the demographic overview of newcomers in Cambridge over time; and Michael Delia will talk about the role of the East End House in welcoming newcomers for the last one hundred years.


“From Cambridge,” A Benefit for the Cambridge Historical Society

Enjoy good company, music, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer donated by Cambridge Brewing Company. Support the work of the Society at our Spring Benefit, and celebrate this year’s theme, asking ‘Where Is Cambridge From?” Hear from two local restaurant owners and an urban anthropologist about their experiences with clientele, food, and belonging in Central and Harvard […]


Researching the History of Your House in Cambridge

Join staff members from the Cambridge Room at the Cambridge Public Library, the Cambridge Historical Commission, and the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works for a three-week series on researching the history of your house or building in Cambridge. Registration is mandatory, FREE, and space is limited. You do not have to attend all […]


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 […]