by Ruth Hobeika, 2017 “Planting community” is how the century-old Swedenborg Chapel’s Reverend Sage Cole describes a year-long outreach set to launch in January, joining visions from opposite sides of the country. Anna Woofenden – currently a visiting consultant – is exploring the question of what it means to be a church today, when so many congregations are dwindling. She … Read More

Early Glass Making In East Cambridge by Doris Hayes-cavanaugh

Early Glass Making In East Cambridge By Doris Hayes-cavanaugh Read 5 June, 1926   M​uch​ has been said recently about the business growth of Cambridge, and a number of publications have stressed the fact that Cambridge, and particularly the section known as East Cambridge, now stands very high in the scale of New England manufacturing centres. Imposing schedules of plants … Read More

Elias Howe, Jr., Inventor Of The Sewing Machine (Part 2)

[Continued from last week] The Victory Over Labor Mobs   Starvation near his door and the $500 of George Fisher exhausted, Howe could now manufacture his machine for sale — if it would sell. To do this, he asked a practical Boston tailor to Cambridge to test it by sewing. All at once the whole company of tailors in Boston … Read More

Elias Howe, Jr., Inventor Of The Sewing Machine (Part 1)

Elias Howe, Jr., Inventor Of The Sewing Machine 1819-1919 A Centennial Address Born In A Cradle Of Invention   The succession of master minds in a particular locality compels us to believe in the spiritual consanguinity of genius. It is an heredity much greater than that of blood. It is an heredity of spirit, that second birth that is not … Read More

The Romance of Brick by G. Burton Long

B​rick ​is something that has been with us for centuries. There is an old maxim which says, “Familiarity breeds contempt,” and this might well be applied to brick, because it has been used as a building material throughout the ages, and we are prone to accept it without regard to its antiquity or to its continued use or to the … Read More

Printing In Cambridge Since 1800 by Norman Hill White, Jr.

Printing In Cambridge Since 1800 By Norman Hill White, Jr. Read January 27, 1920   From 1692, when Samuel Green retired as manager of the college press, there was no printing done in Cambridge for over a hundred years, except that done by the brothers Samuel and Ebenezer Hall in 1775, under the direction of the Committee of Safety. The … Read More

Eighty-five Aromatic Years In Harvard Square by Catharine K. Wilder

Eighty-five Aromatic Years In Harvard Square By Catharine K. Wilder, 1968 A​ ​tiny​ island exists today in Harvard Square about which the poet Robert Hillyer, Harvard ’17, writes: Not all goes up in smoke, here smoke appears To give stability in changing years​. Leavitt & Peirce, whose name evokes a host of blue haze memories, has the honor of being … Read More

The Riverside Press by James Duncan Phillips

The Riverside Press By James Duncan Phillips Vice President And Treasurer Of Houghton Mifflin Company Read 27 April, 1926   I​n​ Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables he makes that delightfully simple old character, Uncle Venner, say, “In two or three years longer, I shall think of putting aside business and retiring to my farm. That’s yonder — the great brick … Read More