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

Fundraising Event: Central Square Food Tour

Join us on Sunday, May 15 for a guided food tour of Central Square! Sunday, May 152 PM – 3:30 PM$75 per person Includes 3 tasting stops: La Fábrica Central, Artifact Cider Project (21+), and another tasting to be announced. The past and present eateries of Central Square have always been diverse and delicious, reflecting the rich cultural mosaic of Cambridge … 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

Call To Artists: Tory Row’s Hidden Black History Project

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About the Project History Cambridge intends to install temporary public art on the front lawn of Hooper-Lee-Nichols House (HLN) in the Spring of 2022 to raise awareness of Black history in West Cambridge. All Massachusetts artists are encouraged to apply. Massachusetts was a center of slave trading in New England as early as 1688 when African people were kidnapped by … Read More

Friends We Lost in 2021

Remembering Renny Littleby Marieke Van Damme Last month, Renny Little, a very special friend of History Cambridge, passed away in Cambridge. He was 88 years old. Renny served as Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Society from 1987 until he retired in 1998. As mentioned in the book A City’s Life and Times: Cambridge in the Twentieth Century (edited by … Read More

We’re looking for a Research Intern (paid)

December 2021 About History Cambridge History Cambridge engages with our city to explore how the past influences the present in order to shape a better future. Just as every person in Cambridge has knowledge about its history, every person in Cambridge is a steward of Cambridge history. We inspire people to be caretakers of the city and its history. About … Read More

Year-End Gratitude

2021 was not without it’s challenges, but we still managed to make history with you. We’re so thankful for the time we spent together, both in-person and online. We recorded a little video message to send off 2021, you can watch below: Did you miss an event in 2021? If there’s one great thing about having events online, it’s that … 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

Black History in Cambridge: Online Resources

Explore these online resources that explore Black history in Cambridge. More programs and events about Cambridge’s Black history are planned for 2022. To be notified, sign up for our monthly enewsletter at historycambridge.org.  Articles  A story of enslavement; a Juneteenth reflection  Quiet courage: Groundbreaking Maria Baldwin and the racial politics of education in Cambridge Pauline Hopkins’ proto-science-fiction took off from … Read More