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
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
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 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 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 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 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.
Nancy Ryan was born in New Bedford and moved to Cambridge in 1980 to begin her work as Director of the City of Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women. She has lived in the Port for forty years and worked in partnership with the Margaret Fuller House through her role as Director of the Women’s Commission and as a … Read More
Duane Brown grew up in Cambridge, and moved to the Port neighborhood as a teenager. He attended programs and dances at the Margaret Fuller House as a youth, and later served on the board. Duane worked in Human Resources for the City of Cambridge for 29 years, until his retirement. He currently lives in his childhood home in the Port.