COVID-19 Memorial

March 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. To honor the Cantabrigians who have died, we are installing markers on the lawn of our headquarters, the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House. Each marker, a butterfly, a symbol of hope and the shape of Cambridge itself, represents a life lost to the virus and a missing piece in the mosaic of stories … Read More

Businesses Well Lived

As part of our ongoing work to capture Cambridge history, we partnered with Cambridge Local First to reach out to local small business owners and find out how the pandemic has affected their livelihood.

The Pandemic Post: Youth in Cambridge Respond to COVID-19

Over the last several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned all our worlds upside down. But what has this upheaval looked like for young people in Cambridge? This spring, students at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School created The Pandemic Post, an online newsletter in which they reflected on their experiences through art, poetry and prose. On Monday, August 3, we … Read More

Smallpox, cholera, influenza around Cambridge: How the region endured pandemics of the past

By Martha HenryApril 2020 Reproduced from cambridgeday.com with permission We’re weeks into the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us stuck at home, trying to work, educate children or, when that all seems futile, just clicking “next episode” on whatever escapist show we’re binging on Netflix. Our coronavirus, social-distancing spring seems unprecedented. But it isn’t. New England has been coping with epidemics since … Read More

100 Years Ago: Cambridge leading up to the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic

Red Cross workers make anti-influenza masks for soldiers in camp. Boston. Courtesy National Archives, photo no. 165-WW-269B-026 By Elizabeth Adams Lasser, April 2020 During the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020 as we quarantine at home, we have seen many references and comparisons in the national media to the influenza epidemic of 1918 and 1919. What was happening in Cambridge at the time? … Read More