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Robert Johnson’s signature from the Johnson Family Bible, a new Cambridge Room acquisition.

Join us to commemorate Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the former Confederate States of America, by exploring the fascinating life of Robert Johnson, fugitive slave and abolitionist, and his connection to Cambridge.

We will offer two programs on the same evening:  a genealogy workshop and a reception and talk.

Workshop:  The Robert Johnson Family Tree:  Researching an African American Abolitionist Family
We will explore the paths our genealogical research took, plot out the Robert Johnson Family tree and his connection to Cambridge, and offer tips for researching African American genealogy.

Date & Time:
6:00pm – 6:45pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Location:
Main Library, Cambridge Room
REGISTER HERE

Talk and Reception:  The Robert Johnson Family Bible
Come see an important new Cambridge Room acquisition and learn about Robert Johnson, fugitive slave and abolitionist, and his family’s connection to Cambridge.  This is the first in a series of programs featuring gems from the Library’s Archives and Special Collections.

Date & Time:
7:00pm – 8:00pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Location:
Main Library, Cambridge Room
REGISTER HERE

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This is a recipe from Anthony Simeone’s memoir, Recipes from Papa:  Food, Family & Memories of Growing Up Italian American.  His father, Salvatore, founded Simeone’s Italian American Restaurant, which was on Brookline Street in Cambridge for 30 years from 1946 to 1976.  The excerpt of the book is from Simeone’s Italian American Restaurant Memorabilia Collection.

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Beginner’s Genealogy Workshop Series
Join us for a 4-week, beginner’s genealogy workshop. For two-hours each week, we will demystify the overwhelming process of sorting through online records as well as give tips for how best to make use of research visits to local repositories. We will help you find ancestors, organize your research, and start a family tree. Come with a new question every week and leave with an answer and something tangible to bring home, such as a copy of a birth certificate. By taking this class, you will be automatically eligible to enroll in a FREE, two-part course on digital storytelling taught by CCTV. Learn how to make a digital film about your family’s history based on your genealogical research. Create a treasured digital keepsake to pass on to family members. Registration is mandatory.
Dates & Times:
2:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday, March 28, 2018
2:00pm – 4:00pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Location:
Main Library, Community Room

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Poetry, Coloring, and Cambridge History:  Creative Mind Awareness Workshop
Join us for an evening of poetry, coloring, and Cambridge history!  Poet Alan Feldman and artist Miriam Bucheli will offer a multidisciplinary workshop featuring Feldman’s poetry and Bucheli’s hand drawn designs.  Participants will listen to Feldman read his poetry while engaging in mindful coloring.  The workshop will end with a wrap up discussion.  Featured designs will include those from Bucheli’s 2017 publication, Amazing Cambridge, inspired by Cambridge’s history, architecture, and notable writers.  This experimental exercise is designed to encourage awareness, contemplate history, engage creative senses, and provoke thoughtful discussion.  Alan Feldman is the author of Immortality and the recipient of the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry.  Miriam Bucheli is an illustrator, scientist, and founder of MirelliBooks.  This program is sponsored by the Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Space is limited.  Registration is mandatory.

Dates & Times:
6:30pm – 8:00pm, Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Location:
Main Library, Community Room

REGISTER HERE

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Researching Your Jewish Ancestry
Join us for a free, two hour workshop on researching Jewish ancestry, in collaboration with New England Historical Genealogical Society, the nation’s leading organization for genealogical research.

Family history research into Jewish ancestry brings with it a number of unique issues. From a multitude of languages, to the dramatic border changes in the European areas from which your ancestors emigrated, to the many names used by the family members, identifying your family and connecting them to the old country requires tenacity. When identified, however, your ancestors can bring a sense of belonging and a connection to history. Join Rhonda McClure, Senior Genealogist at New England Historic Genealogical Society, to learn some tips, best practices, and common challenges surrounding Jewish genealogical research.

Rhonda R. McClure, Senior Genealogist, is a nationally recognized professional genealogist and lecturer specializing in New England and celebrity research as well as computerized genealogy; is compiler of more than 120 celebrity family trees; has been a contributing editor for Heritage Quest Magazine, Biography magazine and was a contributor to The History Channel Magazine and American History Magazine. In addition to numerous articles, she is the author of ten books, including the award-winning The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition, Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors, and Digitizing Your Family History. Some of Rhonda’s areas of expertise include: Immigration and naturalization, Late 19th and early 20th Century urban research, New England, Mid-West, Jewish, German, Italian, Scottish, Irish, and French Canadian research.  Registration is mandatory.
Dates & Times:
6:00pm – 8:00pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Location:
Main Library, Community Room

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Researching the History of Your Cambridge House
Are you interested in learning more about where you live or the property you own? This hour-long, hands-on workshop will guide you through a variety of online resources that will help you research your home from the comfort of your home. Discover when your building was built and by whom. Find out who lived in your house and how your neighborhood has changed. We will provide laptops. Registration is mandatory.  We are offering two classes – but you only need to register for one!

Date & Time:
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Location:
Main Library, Community Room

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Date & Time:
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Thursday, February 8, 2018
Location:
Main Library, Beech Room

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