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Help Us Preserve the Cambridge Chronicle

Do you have a copy of the August 1, 2019 edition of the Cambridge Chronicle?  If you’re willing to part with it, we’d love to be able to microfilm it.  We keep the Cambridge Chronicle in perpetuity and 2019 is incomplete.  Please help us preserve Cambridge’s newspaper of record!  E-mail cplresearch@cambridgema.gov.

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Help Us Preserve the Cambridge Chronicle

Did you receive the Cambridge Chronicle during the shutdown?
Unfortunately, the Library didn’t.  We microfilm and digitize the Cambridge Chronicle annually so that we can make the City’s newspaper of record available to anyone in perpetuity.

We are looking for the following issues:

March 19
April 2
April 9
April 16
April 23
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 21
May 28
June 4
June 11
June 18
July 9

Please help us preserve Cambridge’s newspaper of record!  Without your help much of the city’s history for 2020 may be lost.  E-mail cplresearch@cambridgema.gov.

Congressman John Lewis in Cambridge, Mass.

Congressman John Lewis pictured after unveiling the plaque honoring Titus, Venus, Bilhah, and Juba, the four enslaved individuals who worked at Wadsworth house at Harvard University.  Courtesy of the Harvard Gazette.

With Civil Rights Activist and Congressman John Lewis on our minds lately, we decided to take a look through the Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection to research the historic news coverage of Congressman Lewis in the Cambridge Chronicle.  Not only did Congressman Lewis visit Cambridge often, he was foremost in the thoughts of Cambridge’s citizens, as they publicly discussed major world events like the war in Kosovo or the Massachusetts Supreme Court recognition of same sex marriage. 

Here’s a timeline of the coverage.  (Please note:  To access newspaper articles, please register here.):

1995
Congressman John Lewis visits the John F. Kennedy School of Government to participate in a panel, titled “Can the Black-Jewish Coalition Be Effective in the New Congress?”  Congressman Lewis joined Representative Barney Frank, Representative Alcee Hastings, Leonard Zakim, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League of New England, and Randall Kennedy Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. 

1998
Congressman John Lewis keynotes the 5th Annual Team Harmony conference in which 12,000 teenagers from across New England (including CRLS students) get together to discuss and combat racism.  This article advertises the 1999 event but mentions Congressman Lewis’ past participation.

To promote his book, Walking with the Wind:  A Memoir of the Movement, Congressman Lewis visits the Kennedy School to give a lecture.  His message to the audience was, “Don’t become bitter.  Don’t become hostile.  Walk with the wind and let the spirit of history be your guide.”

Cambridge’s First Baptist Church partners with Oxfam America and City Year to host a “hunger banquet” to raise social consciousness about economic inequality.  The banquet followed a speech given by Congressman Lewis at City Year’s headquarters in Boston.

Reverend Jeffrey L. Brown, pastor of Cambridge’s Union Baptist Church, and Cambridge author Janice A. Pryor wrote an opinion piece after NATO bombed Kosovo and mistakenly killed civilians.  They asked readers to think about what is worth fighting for and what is worth dying for. They cite John Lewis as an example. 

2003
Congressman Lewis is Lesley University’s Commencement speaker.

2004
Quoted in a political advertisement in support of same sex marriage. Congressman Lewis explains, “Some say let’s choose another route and give gay folks some legal rights but call it something other than marriage. We have been down that road before in this country. Separate is not equal. The rights to liberty and happiness belong to each of us and on the same terms… Our rights as Americans do not depend on the approval of others. Our rights depend on US being Americans.” 

2007
Congressman Lewis receives an honorary degree from Cambridge College.

2015
Cambridge’s Reverend Irene Monroe cites Congressman Lewis in an article about Boston’s LGBTQ+ community’s viewing and discussion of Ava DuVernay’s film, Selma.

2016
Congressman Lewis joins Harvard President Drew Faust to unveil a plaque of Wadsworth House in honor of Titus, Venus, Bilhah, and Juba, four enslaved persons who during the 1700s lived and labored in the households of two Harvard presidents.

2018
Congressman Lewis is Harvard University’s Commencement Speaker.

Digital Storytelling Class: Cambridge Chronicle Front Page News


An image from Gilda Bruckman’s short film, “Gravestone Mysteries,” created as part of the Cambridge Public Library and CCTV’s collaborative program, Discovering Our Histories, Telling Our Stories.

By Denny Hackett / Cambridge@wickedlocal.com
Posted November 26, 2018
Printed Edition:  November 29, 2016

Missing gravestones, immigration, the origins of unique family names: these are just some of the stories the people of Cambridge have to tell. On Nov. 15, after a six-week course, 10 residents showcased the intricacies of their family histories during a film screening at the Cambridge Public Library.  Read the rest of the article here.

Help Us Preserve the Cambridge Chronicle

Do you have a copy of the post-election November 10, 2016 edition of the Cambridge Chronicle?  If you’re willing to part with it, we’d love to be able to microfilm it.  We keep the Cambridge Chronicle in perpetuity and 2016 is incomplete.  Please help us preserve Cambridge’s newspaper of record!  E-mail apacy@cambridgema.gov.

Throwback Thursday: Fish and Oyster Market Found!

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The location of the Charles H. Cutting Fish and Oyster Market, 359 Main Street.

Last week, we asked our readers to help us identify the photograph of the Fish and Oyster Market pictured below.  Thanks to PJN, we learned that it is the Charles H. Cutting Fish and Oyster Market, located at 359  Main Street, on the corner of Moore Street.

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We found this ad in the Cambridge Historic Newspaper Collection, in the May 21st 1887 edition of the Cambridge Chronicle.

359 Main Street is now the location of Newtowne Court – Moore Street no longer exists.

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Sign of the season?

Not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Thanksgiving, but this certainly is a creative and amusing attempt to get in on the spending frenzy that often accompanies the holiday.

Advertisement for heavy underwear from the Cambridge Chronicle, 22 November 1902

From Cambridge Chronicle, November 22, 1902, issue, available through the Cambridge Room’s Historic Cambridge Newspapers collection

Have you Taken our Cambridge Chronicle Survey?

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18 April 1914 edition of the  Cambridge Chronicle.

Do you read the Cambridge Chronicle?  Have you ever used the Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection?  We’re conducting a brief survey to learn about the ways that users read and access Cambridge news, specifically the Cambridge Chronicle.   Take our short, 10 question survey here.

Thank you for your participation!

Cambridge High School Graduation, circa 1865

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Invitation to the Graduation Exercises for the Class of 1865, Cambridge High School.

On July 14th, 1865, 43 students graduated from Cambridge High School.  The next day the Cambridge Chronicle covered the ceremony in detail.  Read all about it here.  After the ceremony, a dance was held.  The Cambridge Room recently acquired the invitation pictured above as well as a dance card.  See if you recognize any of the dances that all the 18 year olds knew in 1865.

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Cambridge High School, Class of 1865 Dance Card, 14 July 1865.

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