Here in Cambridge, we don’t do history for history’s sake. It isn’t enough to present history as events that happened. We need to dig deeper, and answer “so what?” and “who cares?” Our humanities-focused approach to tackling contemporary issues through conversation and perspective-taking is one we’re proud of.

Join us in making history!

Friendship Program:

Our Friendship Program is based on a simple idea: a shared love of Cambridge history. You care about this special place, and we do, too. What a perfect way to start a friendship! Our Friendship Program now takes the place of traditional membership, and is at the heart of how we’re democratizing history. By making it free and automatic for anyone to be our Friend, we’re placing history in the hands of everyone. 

We want you to be a part of Cambridge history with no hesitation and without obstacle because history should include all voices. Thank you for joining us in exploring how the past influences the present in order to shape a better future. We know our ambitions are big, but we also know they’re important. That’s why we need your support now more than ever. You’re already a Friend, and now your generosity can help bring our innovative programming to every corner of Cambridge. It’s easy to give today.

Thank you for being our Friend. We can’t wait to make history with you!


Rent the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House
The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House is one of the oldest houses in Cambridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1685 and transformed into a Georgian mansion in the 1730s, the house is an architectural and social history treasure.

Depending on the type of event, capacity ranges from 40-100 people. Please contact us to discuss your rental needs at 617-547-4252 or