Guided Tour: Food and Mending in Central Square

When: Saturday, October 23 at 2:00 pmWhere: Central Square (details will be shared with registered participants) Cost: $10 Please join us for a guided tour of Food and Mending in Central Square! As a source of both physical and emotional sustenance, food is intricately tied to our survival as individuals and as a community. During the twentieth century, food also … Read More

Fall Conversation: How Has Food Mended Cambridge?

Join us as we close out our program year with our Fall Conversation Monday, November 15 7:00 pm ET via Zoom (register below for link) How Has Food Mended Cambridge? Over the course of 2021, History Cambridge has been exploring the ways in which the city has repaired its social, economic, and political fabric in the wake of historical crisis … 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

Meet Your New-Old Friend: History Cambridge

Big changes are here. So big that you’ll begin to see us in a whole new light, starting with the most fundamental of things: Our name. You’ve been watching our transformation for a while now. Now we have a new name and image that showcases our innovative mindset. Meet your new-old friend: History Cambridge. We’re still here to explore local … 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

Cambridge 400 Logo

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

Lois Lilley Howe Photo

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