Now on view: Temporary public art installation at Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

Photo of house with blue bottle trees in the foreground

Forgotten Souls of Tory Row: Remembering the Enslaved People of Brattle Street This summer, History Cambridge is partnering with Black Coral, Inc. to erect a temporary public art installation on the front lawn of the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House at 159 Brattle Street. The piece will be on view and open to the public dawn to dusk from June 3-October 3, 2022 Mark … Read More

Tory Row Anti-Racism Coalition (TRAC)

In addition to our own anti-racism work, beginning in 2021 the Cambridge Historical Society is embarking on a learning journey about and with all of Brattle Street. Tory Row, famous for its stately mansions, has historic ties to slavery and enslaved people. What can we all do—together, as a street—to reconcile our past and become anti-racist? Notes from the April … Read More

A Tribute to Preservationist Roger Webb

We were saddened to learn of the passing of historical preservationist Roger Webb, a good friend and long-time member of the Society. We will truly miss his warmth, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless energy. During the course of his long and storied career, Roger facilitated the preservation of numerous historic buildings throughout Massachusetts and the country. He documented his adventures in … Read More

The Old Hooper-Lee House by Thomas Coffin Amory

From the Proceedings, Volume 16, p. 21-25 [The following is taken, by permission, from the little-known article by Thomas Coffin Amory (H. C. 1830) entitled “Old Cambridge and New,” in the Register of the New England Historic-Genealogical Society for July, 1871. It gives an interesting picture of the house some sixty years ago — very nearly in its original condition … Read More

The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House by Mary Isabella Gozzaldi

Read April 25, 1922 From the Proceedings, Volume 16, p. 18-20 This house has been sometimes called the oldest house in Cambridge, and its large central stack chimney shows that it belongs to an early period of New England architecture; but it was originally a farmhouse in Watertown, as Sparks street was the westerly limit of Cambridge until 1754. The … Read More

Living in the Hooper-Lee Nichols House

This August, former HLN House resident Malcolm Fraizer visited us with his daughter, Holly, and his grandchildren, Daniel and Ruth. While I know this building as my office, Malcolm called it home. It was fun for me to hear how the spaces were used back when it was a bustling household. For example, the Bosphorus Room, where we hold many … Read More

Cambridge Trees

By Lois Lilley Howe Read January 25, 1950 This article originally appeared in the Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings, Volume 33, pages 94-99 In the records of The Cambridge Plant Club I find that on February 25th, 1901 “Miss Prince of Boston,” no further identified than this, read “an Interesting paper on Trees in our neighborhood.” This was a report of the investigations … Read More

Life in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House: The Emerson and Dow Years

BY STERLING DOW This paper is from the Cambridge Historical Society Proceedings for the Years 1976-1979, Volume 44 A native of Portland, Maine, Sterling Dow received his undergraduate and graduate education at Harvard, where he taught Classics and the history of ancient Greece until his retirement as John E. Hudson Professor of Archaeology in 1970. His paper was given on … Read More

Gerry’s Landing And Its Neighborhood

By Mrs. S. M. Gozzaldi Originally read on June 15th, 1918. This article can be found in the Proceedings of the Cambridge Historical Society Volume 13, from the year 1918. When we visit a city or country that is new to us, we try to find out what is of interest in the place, what famous people have lived there and … Read More