Introducing the 2020 theme:

From the Executive Director
The Cambridge Historical Society engages with our city to explore how the past influences the present in order to shape a better future. This year, we are asking "Who Are Cambridge Women?"

Our 2020 theme is important now more than ever in this year of national celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment granting women suffrage.
While the Society wholeheartedly appreciates the momentous nature of this anniversary, we also acknowledge the ways in which the movement for its passage excluded the voices of many, particularly women of color and those from immigrant communities.

Why spend a year discussing Cambridge women? Women’s stories are still largely overlooked in the broader historical narrative, and women continue to face obstacles to their full participation in civic life, economic equality, and even their physical health and safety. In light of these ongoing challenges, the Society has chosen to focus our 2020 programs on the many roles that women in Cambridge have played – and continue to play – in the city’s past, present, and future.

There's a lot here. It's important. And we need your voice.

I hope to see you at our Opening Conversation and Annual Meeting in February as we begin to delve into this fascinating theme.

With warm wishes for the New Year,

Marieke Van Damme
Executive Director
Opening Conversation and Annual Meeting
Date: Tuesday, February 25
Time: 6-8 PM
Place: Cambridge Public Library Cambridge
Cost: Free
Help us kick-off a year of programming around our 2020 theme, Who Are Cambridge Women?

The event will feature Eva Martin-Blythe, Executive Director of YWCA Cambridge, in conversation with Diana Lempel, the Society's Doing History Curator. The Annual Meeting of the membership will immediately follow the presentation.

Welcome, Beth!
This month, our new program manager, Beth Folsom, joined us at the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House. Her undergraduate studies in history at Wellesley College combined with her PhD work at American University make her a great fit for the role.

"I am thrilled to be here in Cambridge, exploring and sharing the stories of such a rich, historic and diverse city! My goal while at CHS is to continue to help our neighbors expand their understanding of Cambridge's past, and to strive to bring these histories to an even wider audience."

She can be reached at
Introducing our 2020 History Café Season Pass!
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Similar to a theater’s season ticket, this pass allows Society members the opportunity to purchase tickets for our entire History Café series upfront at a discounted rate.

In 2020, we plan to hold three History Cafés as well as our summer walking tour. The pass costs $30 (a $40 value) and is available to Society members only.

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