Wicked Local: Cambridge self-guided tour tells tales of Caribbean immigrants in The Port

July 16, 2018 “As the British began squeezing out ordinary sugar cane farmers on the Caribbean islands in the mid-19th Century, it became tougher for unskilled agriculture workers to make a living. Many turned to America, looking for factory work to support their families. In Cambridge’s Port neighborhood, that history has left an impact for almost two centuries. On Saturday, … Read More

2018-Past-History Cafés and Self-Guided Tours

Check back soon for dates to upcoming History Cafés and Self-Guided Tours! History Cafés are lively conversations with experts, bringing a historical perspective to timely topics in unique settings around Cambridge. They are social, conversational, and fun. Come to learn, stay for good conversation, refreshments, and cheer! This year’s “Where is Cambridge From?” History Cafés will explore the past and … Read More

07/09/18: Past — History Café 3 & Walking Tour: Caribbean Community in the Port

History Cafe Logo

We want to thank the fantastic speakers, those who led the walking tour, Joe Galusha and Marian Darlington-Hope, as well as the history café, when we were joined by Cleola Payne and Selvin Chambers, as well as the Lamplighter Brewing Co. for providing a wonderful space, and of course everyone who showed up and participated! We learned a lot about the history and current situation of the Port neighborhood, especially the Caribbean community which has been so central to its story.

Past “Whose Kendall?” History Café and Self-Guided Tour

Kendall Square Then and Now

Join us Tuesday, 9/12/17 at Cambridge Brewing Company for a Self-Guided Tour ​& Talk about ​this dramatically changing neighborhood of Cambridge with Daniel Berger-Jones​ from Cambridge Historical Tours​ ​and Peter Abair​ from Mass Bio. Cambridge Brewing Company is located at 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139. Click here to buy tickets Check back soon for more updates.

Self-Guided Tour: Clay, Bricks, Dump, Park: A Tour of North Cambridge

This tour begins with glacial time – 10,000 years ago when ice left behind vast deposits of clay in North Cambridge, then fast-forwards 9,800 years to the neighborhood’s brickmaking heyday, and the dump left in its wake. Clay shaped one of Cambridge’s biggest industries, and the lives of North Cantabrigians for generations. Take a walk through North Cambridge to find out how.

Past History Café & Walking Tour – When Crafty Women Move Domestic Arts to the Public Realm

Cambridge Historical Society, Craftivism tour and talk

Thursday, 04/27/2017, 5:30pm–8:00pm Walking Tour, 5:30-6:20 PM Stroll past “Bee” members’ homes, and hear their stories; all in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House vicinity. Tour led by Steve Pinkerton. Meet in front of the Longfellow House National Historical Site, 105 Brattle Street. Tour starts promptly at 5:30pm, please arrive a few minutes early. History Cafe, 6:30-8 PM A parlor conversation with Steve Pinkerton & … Read More

Self-guided Tour: William James’s Cambridge

By Natalie Moravek, Intern, 2010 Stop #1: 95 Irving Street, Home to William James and Family The house at 95 Irving Street was built in 1889 for William James and designed by architect William Ralph Emerson in conjunction with James, who lived there with his family from 1889 to his death in 1910.  The William James House is architecturally significant … Read More