Wicked Local: Cambridge self-guided tour tells tales of Caribbean immigrants in The Port

July 16, 2018 “As the British began squeezing out ordinary sugar cane farmers on the Caribbean islands in the mid-19th Century, it became tougher for unskilled agriculture workers to make a living. Many turned to America, looking for factory work to support their families. In Cambridge’s Port neighborhood, that history has left an impact for almost two centuries. On Saturday, … Read More

Wicked Local: Cambridge Historical Society announces theme for fall symposium

October 1, 2017 “The Cambridge Historical Society recently announced ‘Made in Cambridge: What’s Happening in Kendall Square?’ as the theme of its second fall symposium, held over two evenings. The first event, titled ‘Why Here?’ will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Cambridge Public Library. The second ‘What’s Next?ΩΩ‘ will be held from 6 to … Read More

Cambridge Day: Historical Society’s Kendall Square events to look at what made it happen, what’s next

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September 30, 2017 By Marc Levy “Biotech has helped transform Kendall Square into what’s been called ‘the most innovative square mile on the planet’ – but, well, why? Why here and not somewhere else? And what’s next? “The Cambridge Historical Society asks these question at two free events in October, starting with Monday’s ‘Why Here?’ and finishing Oct. 18 with … Read More

The Metropole: “‘Housing for All?’: Putting History to Work in Cambridge, MA”

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August 14, 2017 By Hope J. Shannon “During the fall of 2016, the Cambridge Historical Society (CHS) in Cambridge, Massachusetts held a three-part symposium titled ‘Housing for All?’ The symposium brought historical perspective to housing issues in both Cambridge and the Boston metropolitan area, and shows one of the many ways history can be put to work in conversations about … Read More

Small Museum of the Month: The Cambridge Historical Society

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August 2, 2017 by klenart “Our featured small museum this month is the Cambridge Historical Society in Cambridge, MA. On the front page of its website, the Society invites guests to ‘be a part of one of the most revolutionary historical societies in the country.’ A closer look at the Society’s offerings justifies this claim.” Read more at Sustaining Places

Diaries reveal 18th century life in Cambridge

July 7, 2017 by Betsy Levinson “The two-story home that houses the Cambridge Historical Society is an important piece of history on its own, but inside the tidy, 17th century building are items that offer a intriguing glimpse into everyday Colonial life.” Read more at Wicked Local

Marieke Van Damme – GenX

Marieke Van Damme Portrait by Kira Hower

June 22, 2017 by Heidi Legg “As we spent time scouring the city for GenX voices bringing us emerging ideas, Marieke Van Damme’s name kept popping up as a change maker. The irony is that she is the Director of a the Cambridge Historical Society, headquartered on fabled Brattle Street, but a few houses away from the poet Henry Longfellow’s … Read More

Cambridge Historical Society Annual Meeting

March 25, 2017 by M Holbrow “‘How does it feel to be a member of one of the most revolutionary historical societies in the United States?’ “The tongue-in-cheek question, posed by Executive Director Marieka Van Damme at the Cambridge Historical Society’s annual meeting on March 22, highlights the organization’s long view, extending back to early times in New England. The … Read More