June 16: Juneteenth Gathering at Longfellow House

Gather for Juneteenth to honor the lives and legacies of those who endured slavery and seized freedom on Brattle Street and beyond. This free event will feature a community gathering with Juneteenth #Pop-Up Poetry, A Denise Plays Hard Event; speeches by living descendants, music; all-ages activities; and refreshments. Free and open to all. Rain location:…

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Watershed: An Excursion in Four Parts

Small pond on a grey day surrounded by autumn trees.

by Emily HiestandFirst published by The Georgia Review and Beacon Press in 1998. Updated slightly in 2021 for publication in This Impermanent Earth, and in 2024 for History Cambridge. Part One | Street Like travelers who want to keep some favorite place from being overly discovered, the residents of our neighborhood sometimes confide to one another in a near-whisper, “There’s no…

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LGBTQ+ History Hub

LGBTQ+ History Hub graphic

This hub is a work in progress. Have some resources to add? Let us know! In This Hub Introduction Cambridge is a well-known leader in LGBTQ+ rights. The city was first in Massachusetts to perform gender-affirming surgery in 1972, and in 2004 it became first in the country to grant same-sex marriage licenses. City government…

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Black History in Action’s Spring Event Series

Black History in Action for Cambridgeport logo

BHAC’s spring event series is here! Don’t miss events in April and May at St. Augustine’s African Orthodox Church at 137 Allston Street. History Cambridge is pleased to be a co-sponsor of these events. Sunday, April 21 from 4-6 pm Black Cambridgeport to the Future Exhibition Opening Explore the vibrant living history of Cambridgeport’s Black community…

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