We use history to catalyze the connections that make Cambridge, Massachusetts more vibrant and cohesive.

 

May 30: Neighborhood History Center Pop-up Closing party

Thanks for welcoming us to the neighborhood! Our two-month long pop-up is coming to an end on May 31. Thanks to all for such a warm welcome to the neighborhood this year. We’ve enjoyed hearing from folks about what they know and what they want to learn more about. Join us for more conversation and…

Block Party Summer

Turn Up the History at Your Block Party This Summer! Looking for some historical context to your summer gathering? Get in touch and we will bring our History Kit—a trove of interactive fun that will engage all the senses. This is history you can touch, see, smell, taste, and most importantly, enjoy together. This is…

America 250 Survey

The year 2026 marks the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. History Cambridge wants to know what you think about this anniversary. We’re conducting a survey to learn more about Cambridge’s knowledge of this time in American history, and what it means for our lives today. Information will be used to…

June 1: Nature in the City Festival

Join History Cambridge as we kick off Pride Month at the Magazine Beach Park Nature Center. 12-5 pmMagazine Beach, CambridgeportAll ages welcomeFree

Watershed: An Excursion in Four Parts

by Emily HiestandFirst published by The Georgia Review and Beacon Press in 1998. Updated slightly in 2021 for publication in This Impermanent Earth, and in 2024 for History Cambridge. Part One | Street Like travelers who want to keep some favorite place from being overly discovered, the residents of our neighborhood sometimes confide to one another in a near-whisper, “There’s no…

The Mystery Plaque 

By Edward Tabor, 2024 My parents were visiting me at Harvard College on October 16, 1965, a day when I was scheduled to row in a major boat race. It was the first occurrence of Boston’s now-famous “Head of the Charles” race. They stood on Anderson Bridge to watch my boat leave Newell Boathouse and…

LGBTQ+ History Hub

This hub is a work in progress. Have some resources to add? Let us know! In This Hub Introduction Cambridge is a well-known leader in LGBTQ+ rights. The city was first in Massachusetts to perform gender-affirming surgery in 1972, and in 2004 it became first in the country to grant same-sex marriage licenses. City government…

North Cambridge History Hub

North Cambridge History Hub

Fort Washington History Hub

Fort Washington Park is the last remaining fortification from the Revolutionary War in Cambridge, but the park and neighborhood hold rich histories beyond the Revolutionary era. This History Hub contains materials that details the eras of the park

Cambridgeport History Hub

History Hub for all things Cambridgeport

Culinary History Hub

Culinary History of Cambridge By Rain Robertson, and revised by Deb Mandel, 2022 Cambridge holds a rich and distinctive culinary history. It gave America ice, the Porterhouse steak, Peking ravioli, its first star chef in Julia Child, and a hankering for Indian food. This is a survey of 20th century markets, delis, cafeterias, and local…

Indigenous Peoples History Hub

Curious about the Indigenous history of this place? Start learning here.

Inner Belt Hub

Cambridge had a major role in battling one highway for decades and eventually sparking a process that created a powerful coalition that led officials to remake transportation policy for the Boston area inside Route 128

Black History in Cambridge: Online Resources Hub

Above Image: Saundra Graham speaks into a megaphone during the occupation of 319th Harvard Commencement June 11, 1970 (Courtesy Cambridge Historical Commission) Delve into these online resources that explore Black history in Cambridge. More programs and events about Cambridge’s Black history are being planned. To be notified, sign up for our monthly enewsletter. Articles Self-Guided…

Early Black Cambridge Resource Hub

Are you interested in learning more about the history of race, slavery, and African American life in the Cambridge area? This guide highlights many of the resources available that touch on these topics, including primary, secondary, and public-facing sources (such as self-guided tours and websites). While this hub is focused on material related to the 1700s, it also offers relevant material from later periods in Cambridge history.

Women’s History Hub

Profiles included: Barbara Ackermann | Maria Baldwin | Ann Bookman | Sara Chapman Bull | Joyce Chen | Helen Lee Franklin | Suzanne R. Green | Lois Lilley Howe | Edith Lesley | Eva Neer | Mercy Scollay | Elizabeth Sullivan | Phyllis Wallace Our 2020 theme was Who Are Cambridge Women? But why spend…

Blue bottle trees on the front lawn of the Hoopeer-Lee-Nichols House

Curious About Forgotten Souls of Tory Row?

In 2022, History Cambridge was awarded an Arts for Social Justice grant from Cambridge Arts. We selected the artist collaborative Black Coral, Inc. for the project and installation began in May 2022, with the art on view from June 1st 2022 through April 7th 2023. “Forgotten Souls of Tory Row: Remembering the Enslaved People of Brattle Street” honors the enslaved adults and children who lived and worked on this land as well as those whose labor on Caribbean plantations helped finance the grand homes of white Tory Row elites.

Blue bottle trees on the front lawn of the Hoopeer-Lee-Nichols House

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