Saving Cambridge: Historic Preservation in America’s Innovation City

Edited by Heli Meltsner, Michael Kenney, Gavin Kleespies, and Jasmine Laietmark
182 pages (softcover), ©2013, $25

Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been a national leader in historic preservation. In the early twentieth century, prominent families banded together to ensure the preservation of national landmarks. By the end of the century, the city had established legal precedents through the creation of tools like the Demolition Delay Ordinance. The Cambridge Historical Society gathered a distinguished panel of architects, historians, planners, and journalists to examine the evolution of the preservation movement in our city.

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3 Walking Tours of Cambridge

3 Walking Tours of CambridgeEnjoy three self guided walking tours of Cambridge: Utterly Harvard Square, Revolutionary Cambridge, and Historic Tory Row. The Utterly Harvard Square tour is a light hearted look at some of the Squares iconic locations and quirky treasures. The Revolutionary Cambridge tour explores the city’s role on the cutting edge of American society, both at the end of the 18th century and throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Finally, the largest tour is of the Historic Tory Row, this includes the seven Tory Row mansions but also has stops for many of the grand homes along Brattle Street and on some of the neighboring streets.

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Other History Cambridge Publications

These publications are available for purchase at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House. If ordering online, by phone, or by email, postage charges will be added to the total fee. You can order any of the following books through PayPal below, complete the order form and return it with a check, call the Historical Society office at 617 547-4252, or send an email to:

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African American Heritage Trail Guide

28 pages (softcover), ©2000, $2.00

Cambridge African American Heritage Trail

One of the oldest African American communities in America was in Cambridge. This book outlines its unique history, and describes the Heritage Trail—a series of twenty markers throughout the city commemorating the contributions of a few of the many African Americans who distinguished themselves between 1840 and 1940.

This publication has been generously supported by Cambridge Historical Commission, Cambridge Heritage Trust, Cambridge Office for Tourism, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Essays on Cambridge History: Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings

223 pages (paperback), ©1998, $10.00

Essays on Cambridge History

In this diverse collection of essays there are pieces on landscape architect Charles Eliot; pioneer educators George H. Browne and Ada Louise Comstock; the architecture of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, Harvard University, Dana Hill, and H. H. Richardson; as well as stories on other Cambridge Institutions and people, including H. W. Longfellow.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 98-73933
ISBN: 1-878284-46-0

For the Entertainment of Strangers: The Inns and Pubs of Cambridge

By George Hanford
23 pages (softcover), ©1997, $2.00

For the Entertainment of Strangers

From the introduction of Cambridge's first "public houses" in 1639 through the repeal of Prohibition, the inns and pubs of Cambridge have played a defining role in the character of the community. Shedding light on an often neglected but nonetheless crucial part of Cambridge's past, George Hanford explores the colorful history of Cambridge's taverns, inns, and pubs.

Rediscovering the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

40 pages (paperback), ©2010, $10.00

Rediscovering the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

A publication on our recent research and exploration of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House.

With articles by:
Carl Nold, Historic New England
Charles Sullivan, Cambridge Historical Commission
Jim Shea, Longfellow National Historic Site
Brian Powell, Building Conservation Associates
Anne Grady, Independent scholar
Karen Davis, Mass. Historical Commission
Sally Zimmerman, Historic New England
Charlie Allen, Charlie Allen Restoration
Jonathan Detwiler, Buttonwood Renovations
Tim Orwig, PhD Candidate
Heli Meltsner, Independent scholar
Michael Kenney, CHS Editor
Mark Vassar, Former CHS Archivist
Gavin Kleespies, Former CHS Executive Director

This publication has been generously supported by Cambridge Savings Bank.
ISBN: 1-878284-02-9

The Cambridge Rindge & Latin School: Yesterday and Today

By John Langone
71 pages (paperback), ©1998, $5.00

The Cambridge Rindge & Latin School: Yesterday and Today

Traces the evolution of secondary education in Cambridge from its origins over 350 years ago to the development of the complex and dynamic high school that exists today. Former Time magazine associate editor, and Cambridge Latin School graduate, John Langone tackles the subject with enthusiasm and wry humor. The text is spiced with numerous quotes from historical sources and is heavily illustrated.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 98-074562
ISBN: 1-878284-47-9