“Forgotten Souls” and Caribbean Heritage in Cambridge

Illustration of bottle tree with text Forgotten Souls of Tory Row

The 2022 temporary art installation “Forgotten Souls of Tory Row: Remembering the Enslaved People of Brattle Street” by Black Coral, Inc. reminds us of the thriving community of people with Caribbean heritage here in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2018, our Caribbean Heritage Oral History Project collected interviews of nine Cambridge people who were born in or have roots in the Caribbean. … Read More

Jukebox, a community storysharing project

Jukebox is a storytelling project located at the Cambridge Foundry. Combined with community-centered programming, it will: Create a centerpoint within the Cambridge community for listening to and connecting with one another through the sharing of our stories Build a platform that amplifies community voices, especially the voices of underrepresented community groups, including BIPOC individuals Develop an authentic archive of stories … Read More

2021 History Café Recap

This spring, thanks to the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati and a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities, History Cambridge was able to host two History Cafés exploring the rich history of the city’s Black community. Graduate intern Eshe Sherley created our Early Black Cambridge History Hub, a compilation of … Read More

Cambridge Love Letters

Join us this summer at Starlight Square! We’re sharing your Cambridge Love Letters on June 8 and August 10.

A Close-up of Huron Avenue

We always say, Everyone is a history ambassador. “A Close-up of Huron Avenue” shows just how true that is, no matter how old—or young—you are. Around 1980, Fayerweather Street School students, ages eight to eleven, conducted a five-month study of their neighborhood. At that time, the school was located at 74R Fayerweather Street (it moved to its current location, 765 … Read More

Sweet Souls: Voices from the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in Cambridge

Our 2019 Sweet Souls oral history project offers answers to questions of local engagement: What is the role of a settlement house institution like the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in the history of engagement in Cambridge? How has the Fuller House–and the community that engages with it–navigated the relationship between the everyday work of meeting basic needs, and the transformational effort to … Read More

Donnie Harding

Donnie Harding grew up in the Port and spent time at various programs and events at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House. He remained associated with Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House as an adult- through his work at the radio station housed there in the 1970s, and as a member of the board. Donnie worked at the MBTA for most of his … Read More

Denise Foderingham

Denise Foderingham lived in the Port with her mother and sisters, and attended many Margaret Fuller House programs in her youth. She moved to Somerville in her 20’s and spent the majority of her career working in child care. She returned to the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in December 2018, when she was hired as the front desk receptionist.

Selvin Chambers

Selvin Chambers grew up in the Port and and his family attended programs and community meetings at the Margaret Fuller House throughout his youth. He attended Black Panther Party/National Committee to Combat Fascism youth breakfast program at the House. He has spent his career in the non-profit field, with a focus on human services, youth leadership, andcommunity advancement. Selvin was … Read More

George Greenidge Sr.

George R. Greenidge, Sr. was born in Boston and grew up in the Port going to the Margaret Fuller House. He was a physical education teacher and coach at Rindge Tech and Cambridge Rindge and Latin for thirty-eight years. He currently resides in Boston and has gained local fame as Doctor Pepper, a popular Fenway Park food vendor.