Coming in June 2022: Temporary public art installation at Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

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Forgotten Souls of Tory Row: Remembering the Enslaved People of Brattle Street This summer, History Cambridge is partnering with Black Coral, Inc. to erect a temporary public art installation on the front lawn of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House at 159 Brattle Street. On view and open to the public dawn to dusk from June 3-October 3, 2022 Dates of note: Installation begins … Read More

May 23 History Café: Changing Tides in Cambridge Industry

History Cafe Changing Tides in Cambridge History Monday May 23 7:00 pm via Zoom History Cambridge

History Café: Changing Tides in Cambridge Industry Monday May 23 at 7 PM ET Virtual program over Zoom Free; donations accepted Our second History Café of 2022 will focus on the role of workers in Cambridge factories and large-scale industry. What did the industrial landscape of the city look like in the 19th and 20th centuries, and what sectors are prominent today? How … Read More

History Café: The Work of Revolution

History Café: The Work of Revolution POSTPONED — NEW DATE AND TIME TBAVirtual program over ZoomFree; donations accepted How did unpaid labor enable the Revolutionary leaders of Cambridge to foment rebellion and to carry out the political and military duties of the War? Although much is known about George Washington’s residency in Cambridge in the early days of the Revolution, … Read More

History Hive

We all have historical knowledge to share. You know things about history, and we want to hear them. So we pose questions on social media, in our e-news, and through our media partners. Then we collect your answers and share them. Crowdsourcing history: It’s just one of the ways we make history with you. To follow #HCHistoryHive on social media, … Read More

Who Are Cambridge Women?

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 a year discussing Cambridge women? Women’s … Read More

Celebrate Cambridge’s 400th Anniversary

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A Collaborative Initiative Of: Our Mission: To commemorate our 400th anniversary with inclusive programs that inspire the people of Cambridge to think critically about our past and apply lessons learned for our future. Our Vision: The shared experiences of Cambridge 400 will have inspired us to incorporate curiosity, pride, and critical thinking into our daily lives. Join Us: contact us … Read More

Businesses Well Lived

As part of our ongoing work to capture Cambridge history, we partnered with Cambridge Local First to reach out to local small business owners and find out how the pandemic has affected their livelihood.

Brief History of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House and Enslaved People

In July 2019, the Cambridge Historical Society formed a task force to examine the Society’s institutional history and make recommendations about how to confront the organization’s white privilege going forward. One of the first steps was to research the history of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House (HLN) (currently the Society’s headquarters) and its owners. Did the owners of the HLN own slaves? … Read More

Lois Lilley Howe Hub

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As part of our year asking “Who Are Cambridge Women?” meet Lois Lilley Howe. Learn about her life and work.

Self-Guided Tour: Women Activists of Riverside 50 Years After Suffrage

Stop 1: Begin the tour in Central Square With the passage of the 19th Amendment one hundred years ago this past August (2020), American women won the right to vote. Rather than a culmination, this event marked the beginning of a long fight for equal treatment and equity that is still far from over. Fifty years after suffrage, classified ads … Read More