New name, new look. The Cambridge Historical Society, established in 1905, is now History Cambridge.Big changes are coming to the Cambridge Historical Society – so big that you’ll begin to see us in a whole new light, starting with the most fundamental of things: our name. You’ve been watching our transformation for a while now. Now we have a new name and image that showcases our innovative mindset. Meet your new-old friend: History Cambridge.

We’re still here to explore local history with you, just like always. So what’s different? We recognize that, just as every person who lives in Cambridge knows something about its history, everyone in Cambridge is a steward of Cambridge history. In other words, we believe that we are all caretakers of our city and its history. History Cambridge works with you – Cambridge individuals and organizations – to fill gaps in the historical record, looking out for forgotten stories, untold chapters, unshared knowledge and silenced voices. We are working to open the historical record to those who have not always been invited to participate. We’re here for the history enthusiasts and history explorers. We are listening to Cambridge and helping Cambridge listen to itself.

Our programs are meant to do more than elevate history; they’re designed to be collaborative and inclusive learning partnerships. We invite you to join our History Cafés and take part in compelling discussions about Cambridge history with local experts on a wide range of topics. Or to contribute your knowledge and questions to our History Hive, our crowdsourcing platform. Look for us this summer at Starlight Square, when we invite Cambridge to share its own love letters. There’s so much to explore, and we’re so excited for you to join us. Come make history with us.

Learn more about History Cambridge and our efforts to approach history in a whole new way. 

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About History Cambridge

History Cambridge started in 1905 as the Cambridge Historical Society. Today we have a new name, a new look and a whole new mission.

We engage with our city to explore how the past influences the present to shape a better future. We strive to be the most relevant and responsive historical voice in Cambridge. We do that by recognizing that every person in our city knows something about Cambridge’s history, and their knowledge matters. We support people in sharing history with each other – and weaving their knowledge together – by offering them the floor, the mic, the platform. We shed light where historical perspectives are needed. We listen to our community. We live by the ideal that history belongs to everyone.

Our theme for 2021 is “How Does Cambridge Mend?” Make history with us at cambridgehistory.org.


Marieke Van Damme is executive director of History Cambridge.

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