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Fall Conversation Looks at the Past to Help Shape Our Future

Examining the past to help shape our future is what we do at Cambridge Historical Society. Our Fall Conversation is typically a time when we gather experts to discuss our theme in the context of the past year's events. However, COVID-19 changed everything, including our Fall Conversation. It still serves as our year in review, but now we're delivering it in a new format. This four-part blog series delves into important turning points in history, how they shaped us, and how those lessons might help us craft a response to the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systematic racism.

"Our 2020 theme has been all about women's role in history," said Cambridge Historical society Executive Director Marieke Van Damme, "Which is why our Fall Conversation takes a look at some of the many ways women have been called upon to serve their families and their communities. But then we take it a step further to really identify these lessons from history to direct our response to today's crises, including COVID-19 and racism."

Fall Conversation is an in depth four-part series that will be available to the public, free of charge, found on the Cambridge Historical Society's Did You Know? blog. New posts will be released each Monday throughout the month of December, starting November 30.

  • Essential Labor in Wartime (November 30)
  • Public Education (December 7)
  • Nursing (December 14)
  • The Dual Pandemics of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism (December 21)
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