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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Steven Ng

Now living in Delaware and managing a consulting firm, Steven is a Cambridge native who grew up in the Inman Square area during the 1970s and ’80s. He recalls buying penny candy at a corner store and trips to Woolworth’s in Central Square. He also remembers the contributions his mother made to the Chinese language…

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Legal Seafoods

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2002 Years 1950 –   Cambridge Locations 237 Hampshire St., Inman Square 1950 -1980 5 Cambridge St., Kendall Square   1982- present Charles Square, Harvard Square   2003-2020 Website: History The original “Legal’s” thrived in Inman Square for a generation. This was where locals, including the loyal Julia Child, ate clam…

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S & S Restaurant

Compiled by Deb Mandel, 2022 Years 1919 – present Location Current Location 1334 Cambridge St., 1935- Previous Locations 1919- 1932- 1298 Cambridge St.,   1932- 1935-  1307 Cambridge St.  Website: 1334 Cambridge St. Inman Square History In the decade preceding Cambridge Electric Light Company’s illumination of Cambridge Street, and when trolley tracks ran from here…

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Jukebox, a community storysharing project


Jukebox is a storytelling project located at the Cambridge Foundry created by socially-engaged multimedia artist Elisa H. Hamilton in partnership with The Loop Lab and Cambridge Arts.

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Self-Guided Tours: Mapping Feminist Cambridge

Yellow rectangle with women's symbol collaborative and words Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women

Produced by the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, these tours highlight feminist, socialist, and educational institutions that emerged and thrived in Cambridge. Two tours are offered: Inman Square Central Square

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Businesses Well Lived: City Girl Café

Starting in 1997, City Girl Café welcomed hungry Cantabrigians with a cozy atmosphere where they could enjoy brunch and dinner or order catering. This black-owned restaurant offered a menu with an Italian flair.

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Self-Guided Tour: Loyalist Women of Cambridge

By MaryKate Smolenski, Tufts University Intern, June 2020 Download the tour here as a PDF with photos or without photos Funding for this project was made possible through the generosity of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati For further reading, see: Who were the Loyalist Women of Cambridge? Introductory post and Part 1: Mary Browne…

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New Wine in Old Bottles

By Michael Kenney, 2017 Sunday brunch time and weekday happy hours, the courtyard at the corner of Broadway and Hampshire Street is a lively place, with hipsters and families enjoying the bars and restaurants grouped around the open brick-paved space. Hard to believe, but it was even more bustling a century ago, when shifts of…

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