Thanksgiving in Civil War Cambridge

Harper's Weekly 1864.

By Beth Folsom, 2021 From the beginnings of English settlement in the American colonies, both religious and secular leaders called for certain days to be set aside for fasting, prayer and thanksgiving, usually aligned with the change in seasons and their accompanying times of planting and harvesting. The earliest settlers to arrive in Massachusetts brought…

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Self-Guided Tour: Gold Star Memorials in North Cambridge

By Marion Severynse, 2021 Veterans Day is an appropriate time to pay homage to the role that North Cambridge and its residents have played in the military history of Massachuestts and the United States. There are nine Memorial Pole and Dedication Markers commemorating Gold Star service members in the area bounded by Rindge Avenue, Massachusetts…

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Cambridge Love Letters

Red envelope with words "Cambridge Love Letters" written on white paper coming out of envelope

In June 2021, History Cambridge held and event called “Cambridge Love Letters” at Starlight Square. We asked members of the larger Cambridge community to send us their love letters to the city. These are some of the submissions. Dear Cambridge, When I first arrived in your port twenty-one years ago, I had no idea how…

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Self-Guided Tour: Monuments and Memorials in Cambridge

Blue-tinted image looking down on a sculpture with five points

Cambridge is a city filled with monuments. Statues, plaques, and memorials across the city commemorate people and events from its nearly four hundred years of settlement. But who decides what is worthy of commemoration, and how does the memorial landscape of the city reinforce certain narratives of Cambridge history and exclude others? In this tour…

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1861: The Civil War Comes to Cambridge

Cornelius Gerrit Hendrick Bennick enlisted in April 1861, joining some 100 other Cambridge men in Company D, 5th Regiment, Massachusetts Infantry. The unit fought in several major battles, including Gettysburg. After the war, Bennick was a member of the Common Council and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. His papers are in the Cambridge Historical Society…

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Series I: Cambridge Common

Links to all the Postcard Collection gallery pages and the Finding Aid can be found by clicking here. *Postcard was used.

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The Story of the Bee

Read the full The Story of the Bee by Mary Towle Palmer (1924) as a PDF here Read the finding aid for The Bee Records, 1861–1934 here Cambridge Proceedings, Volume 17, 1924 EXTRACTS FROM “THE STORY OF THE BEE” BY MARY TOWLE PALMER Since there is no record of the exact pages which Mrs. Palmer…

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