LGBTQ+ History Hub

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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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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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Richard Ning

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Richard is a third-generation Cantabrigian who grew up in the Oxford Street area during the 1960s and ’70s. He is the grandson of Loy Lee Wong, who owned the Young Lee Restaurant, an establishment the family operated in Harvard Square from the 1920s until the 1950s. Richard’s father, Fong Pun Ning, served during World War…

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Stephen T. Chen

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Stephen Chen was born in Cambridge to Thomas and Joyce Chen in 1952. In his interview, Stephen talks about what it was like growing up in West Cambridge on Alpine Street. He describes how his mother, Joyce Chen, thrived as a restauranteur and entrepreneur through her cooking show, restaurants, and inventions. Read the transcript Audio…

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May 6: Stories of Cambridge: Chinese American Culinary Pioneers

Stories of Cambridge: Chinese American Culinary Pioneers Monday, May 66 pmCambridge Public Library Lecture Hall, 449 BroadwayFree To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month, History Cambridge, in collaboration with our friends at Chinese Historical Society of New England, One in a Billion Productions, and Chinese American Association of Cambridge, will host an…

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Julia Child’s Kitchen

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years 1961 – 2004 Location (Julia’s home) 103 Irving St., Cambridge History Julia moved from Europe to Cambridge in 1961, where husband Paul accepted a job. They settled into a cozy house on tree-lined Irving St., nestled into her soon-to-be-famous blue and green kitchen. Paul stirred up “upside down martinis”…

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Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years  1917 – 1996 Locations 4 JFK St., Harvard Square (Formerly Boylston St.) 11 Prospect Street, Central Square   History Located in the heart of Harvard Square, the Wursthaus was a popular gathering spot. In 1927, it advertised “palate ticklers,” such as “fancy stuffed fruit, imported German gingerbread, fancy imported…

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The Tasty Sandwich Shop

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years 1916 – 1997 Location 2a JFK St., Harvard Square History The 24-hour/day Tasty Sandwich Shop, a beloved character in the heart of Harvard Square, was located in the demolished Read Block building, former site of Colonial poet Anne Bradstreet’s home. The Tasty was a no-frills, 300 square foot, 12-seat…

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Cardullo’s Gourmet Shop

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years 1950-present Location 6 Brattle St., Harvard Square Website: History On April 1st, 1950, Frank Natali Cardullo set out to fill a niche supplying quality foods for the neighborhood’s international community. Cardullo was born in Messina, Italy in 1915 and came to Boston in 1929, originally to become a…

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