Self-Guided Tour: The Work of Revolution in Cambridge

Laundresses at a Revolutionary Army camp, circa 1780.

Introduction For many, the first image that comes to mind when thinking of Cambridge during the Revolutionary Era is that of General George Washington taking command of the Continental Army on Cambridge Common in July of 1775, under what would come to be known as the Washington Elm. Although we now know that this tale…

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S&S Restaurant is still serving up the comfort after more than a century in Inman Square

The S&S Restaurant storefront in Inman Square in June 2019.

by Deb Mandel, 2022 In the decade preceding Cambridge Electric Light’s illumination of Cambridge Street, when trolley tracks ran from Inman to Porter Square, a little delicatessen began welcoming hungry patrons. From its opening in November 1919, Rebecca “Ma” Edelstein greeted guests with “es and es,” Yiddish for “eat and eat” – the phrase that lent the…

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Cambridge Historical Commission


The Cambridge Historical Commission is the city’s historic preservation agency. In their research library you’ll find books on the history of Cambridge and surrounding towns, local community groups, historic preservation, biographies and memoirs of Cambridge people, and more. They have records of all 13,000+ Cambridge buildings, thousands of photographs, and occasionally offer guided tours for…

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Cambridge Forum

logo of Cmabridge Forum - "Let us change your mind!"

Cambridge Forum’s purpose is to inform, explore, entertain and challenge preconceptions on a wide range of current and timeless subjects. Forums are recorded live with audience participation, and freely distributed through NPR, WGBH, Forum Network, and CF podcasts. The outcome is a community better informed to understand and appreciate what affects life and the planet.…

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Cambridge Community Television

Cambridge Community Television nurtures a strong, equitable and diverse community by providing tools and training to foster free speech, civic engagement, and creative expression while connecting people to collaboratively produce media that is responsive, relevant, and effective in a fast-changing technological environment. CCTV has archival film and video footage of Cambridge dating back to the…

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The Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women

The Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women is a City department whose purpose is to ensure equity for women and girls in all economic, social, political, and educational opportunities throughout the city. They maintain a database of notable Cambridge women throughout history as well as online, self-guided history tours. Contact executive director Kimberly Sansoucy…

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