Oral Histories

Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge

Our 2019 Sweet Souls oral history project offers answers to questions of local engagement: What is the role of a settlement house institution like the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in the history of engagement in Cambridge? How has the Fuller House–and the community that engages with it–navigated the relationship between the everyday work of meeting basic needs, and the transformational effort to make change?

Answers emerge from listening to eight “Sweet Souls” narrators—Duane Brown, Selvin Chambers, Marian Darlington-Hope, Denise Foderingham, George Greenidge Sr., Donnie Harding, Richard Harding, and Nancy Ryan—recounting their life stories and the ways the Fuller House weaves through their lives.

Read the Oral Histories here.

Caribbean Heritage in Cambridge

The 2018 Caribbean Heritage Oral History Project collected interviews of nine Cambridge people who were born in or have roots in the Caribbean as part of our year of asking “Where is Cambridge From?”

These interviews help us gain perspective on what it’s like to be both from Cambridge and from the Caribbean.

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East Cambridge Childhoods

In 2009, we interviewed four individuals about their experiences as children in East Cambridge. We wanted to document their experiences and use the opportunity of looking back at one’s childhood to draw out memories of Cambridge in a different time and reflect on how the city has changed.

The people selected were individuals who had grown up, at least partially, in East Cambridge. The questions were written, interviews conducted, and tapes transcribed by Michelle Freitas as a part of an internship with the Cambridge Historical Society.

Read the Oral Histories here

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