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This year has been devastating. It has robbed us of normalcy, leveled economies, and taken loved ones. We're glad to see the many negative aspects of 2020 go. And yet, despite all the awfulness of these many months, with your support we delivered a year of meaningful programming.

Our Opening Conversation kicked off our 2020 theme, "Who Are Cambridge Women?" We created self-guided tours and facilitated oral histories. We talked with Historian Susan Ware about women's suffrage. But it wasn't long before the pandemic was in full force and everything shut down. We didn't let that stop us. That's when we decided to help Cantabrigians tell their unique stories through this time by placing them in vacant storefronts around Cambridge and sharing them to our own Instagram story. We talked with high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School about their experiences and perspectives. We explored monuments and memorials in our How Does Cambridge Commemorate? series. Our virtual fundraising event, Shaped By Cambridge, allowed us to play host to Here and Now's Robin Young, New York Times Reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs, three-time US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Squirrel Nut Zippers Musician and Founder Jimbo Mathus, and Coach Mike Jarvis. And finally, we said goodbye to this terrible year with Good Riddance 2020, where we shredded away all the bad and welcomed 2021 with our hopes, dreams, and wishes.

You've been there with us every step of the way, and we couldn't be more grateful for your support. Making history with you is what we're all about. It's why we're here, and we want to thank you for making it possible for us to deliver, even through a pandemic.

There is so much to look forward to in 2021 like our new annual theme: How does Cambridge Mend? Plus, we have some very exciting things planned, so be on the lookout for big changes. We look forward to continuing to make history with you in 2021.
Marieke Van Damme
Executive Director
Remember This?
Our 2020 Opening Conversation: “Who Are Cambridge Women?” took place at the Cambridge Public Library. Eva Martin-Blythe, Executive Director of the Cambridge YWCA, was joined by the Society’s Doing History Curator, Diana Lempel, for a discussion of the history, mission, and legacy of the YWCA. Our Executive Director Marieke Van Damme gave opening remarks.
And This?
A beloved highlight from 2020 was talking to musician Jimbo Mathus about how the band Squirrel Nut Zippers got their name. We also reminisced about swing music and a much-loved candy factory here at home. And we all sang Happy Days Are Here Again.
Watch Shaped By Cambridge:
And This?
Good Riddance 2020 was a smashing (or should we say 'shredding") success! We said goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021 by shredding our troubles away and writing our hopes for 2021 on seeded paper. We got so much love from the media - The Boston Globe, Cambridge Day, WHDH, WBZ, and Boston.com to name a few. We also collected suggestions using #goodriddancemixtape via social media and ended up with quite a collection of songs!
Show Us Your Seedlings
If you joined us at Good Riddance 2020, don't forget to tag us on social media once those 2021 wishes start blossoming with #seedlingsofhope.
Thank You
Working with you is the best part of what we do. Thank you for supporting us. We look forward to making history with you in 2021!
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