A student uses a microfilm reader in 1982. (Photo: Mary Helen Cochran Library)

Make history with History Cambridge! This history organization with a local focus seeks a storyteller fellow, age 15 to 18, to help identify, gather, interpret and amplify the experiences of what it’s like to grow up in our city. Help share the who, what, where, when and why of Cambridge teens. Who are the people who have influenced you – in your family, your school, your neighborhood? What do you want people to know about yourself and your friends, about the city’s past? Where are the places that have shaped you? Using social media to create and share content, our fellow will help us give voice to the issues and experiences Cambridge teens care about.

“History Cambridge knows that history is being made today, right here, right now,” executive director Marieke Van Damme said. “We want to find it, in all its forms, and in the process incorporate more voices into the conversation.”

The History Cambridge fellow is a paid position that offers experience in several areas and helps direct and define the teen’s take on local history. The fellow will get hands-on experience working with History Cambridge, a local history organization that’s more than 100 years old and dedicated to documenting and sharing the stories of a diverse and dynamic city. They’ll engage with a range of government, cultural and educational institutions, partnering with History Cambridge to share resources and ideas. And they’ll gain experience in creating and sharing content on social media platforms. 

“The fellow will develop their ideas about what Cambridge history is and should be,” programs director Beth Folsom said. “We really want to get the teen perspective.”

Apply by Dec. 10. Contact folsom at bfolsom@historycambridge.org with questions.

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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.


Amy Marquis is communications manager for History Cambridge.