History Café: Local History and the Black Experience in Slavery and Freedom

How do we bring the stories of both enslaved and free Black residents to the forefront of local history, and what can one city’s experiences teach Cantabrigians about uncovering these stories within our own communities? In our quest to do “history without borders,” we will be speaking with Dr. Barbara Brown of Hidden Brookline, an organization dedicated to bringing to … Read More

I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?

Join us for a virtual presentation of “I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?” with Cantabrigian author and speaker Debby Irving. Using historical and media images, Debby Irving examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead … Read More

Call To Artists: Tory Row’s Hidden Black History Project

Open front gate leading up to front door of historic house flanked by trees

About the Project History Cambridge intends to install temporary public art on the front lawn of Hooper-Lee-Nichols House (HLN) in the Spring of 2022 to raise awareness of Black history in West Cambridge. Massachusetts was a center of slave trading in New England as early as 1688 when African people were kidnapped by Massachusetts ship owners and traders to be … Read More

Tory Row Anti-Racism Coalition (TRAC)

In addition to our own anti-racism work, beginning in 2021 the Cambridge Historical Society is embarking on a learning journey about and with all of Brattle Street. Tory Row, famous for its stately mansions, has historic ties to slavery and enslaved people. What can we all do—together, as a street—to reconcile our past and become anti-racist? Notes from the April … Read More

Tory Row Anti-Racism Coalition (TRAC) meeting + “The Sugar Planters of Brattle Street” with Caitlin DeAngelis Hopkins

Wednesday, April 7, 20216:30-7:30 PM Via Zoom (Register below for Zoom link) The Sugar Planters of Brattle Street Join the Cambridge Historical Society and your fellow Brattle Street neighbors for our first Tory Row Anti-Racism Coalition (TRAC) meeting and presentation. We will be joined by historian Caitlin DeAngelis Hopkins who will talk about the sugar-planting, slave-owning families connected to specific … Read More