A Worker at the New England Brick Company

DIY: You can download a PDF of this walking tour here and follow along with Joe Galusha’s audio commentary below:

Tour of North Cambridge, led by Joe Galusha 

This tour begins with glacial time – 10,000 years ago when ice left behind vast deposits of clay in North Cambridge, then fast-forwards 9,800 years to the neighborhood’s brickmaking heyday, and the dump left in its wake. Clay shaped one of Cambridge’s biggest industries, and the lives of North Cantabrigians for generations. Take a walk through North Cambridge to find out how.

This tour is made possible through a generous grant from the Cambridge Heritage Trust.


Joe Galusha

Joe Galusha is an Instructional Technologist at Simmons College with an academic background focusing on the historical intersections of social, gender, and labor history at the local level.