history cafe

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 […]


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 […]


“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.


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 […]