Black and white photo of a person bent over many rows of bricks outside. Stacked bricks are seen on the right.

Self-Guided Tour: Clay, Bricks, Dump, Park: A Tour of North Cambridge

Download a PDF of this 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 trip through North Cambridge to find out how.

This tour is made possible through a 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.