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Cambridge City Council Hearing at Rindge Tech auditorium on the death of Larry Largey, young people from the Roosevelt Towers area, October 1972, copyright Olive Pierce.

Thank you to Scout Cambridge for their recent article, From Rent Control to Riot Squads: The Photographs of Olive Pierce, profiling the amazing work of documentary photographer Olive Pierce as well as the work we do in the Cambridge Room.

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The Cambridge Room recently acquired this great little trading card from the James O. Welch, Co.  The Welch Company was one of Cambridge’s many confectioners who was famous for introducing the world to Junior Mints, Sugar Daddys, Sugar Babies, and Sugar Mamas.  Welch’s produced 50 trading cards each with their own character.  The cards are fairly small, measuring 1.5 inches in width by 2.75 inches in length.

Does anyone remember these trading cards?

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Wikipedia-Loves-Libraries Cambridge Edit-a-thon
Do you want to learn more about Cambridge history, or do you already know how great Cambridge is and want to share your knowledge with the world?  Help us create and improve Wikipedia articles about Cambridge — members of the public and all levels of experience welcome!  Join the library’s archivist and an experienced Wikipedian for an evening of research, writing, and fun. For more information and to see a list of topics to be researched, click here:  http://bit.ly/OAMass13_CPL or follow #OAMass13 on Twitter.

Wednesday, October 23
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cambridge Room
Cambridge Public Library

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Wikipedia-Loves-Libraries Cambridge Edit-a-thon
Do you want to learn more about Cambridge history, or do you already know how great Cambridge is and want to share your knowledge with the world?  Help us create and improve Wikipedia articles about Cambridge — members of the public and all levels of experience welcome!  Join the library’s archivist and an experienced Wikipedian for an evening of research, writing, and fun. For more information and to see a list of topics to be researched, click here:  http://bit.ly/OAMass13_CPL or follow #OAMass13 on Twitter.

Wednesday, October 23
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cambridge Room
Cambridge Public Library

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Photo credit, cnn.com.

The Cambridge Room gets a lot of obituary requests.  We do, after all, have the only surviving full run of the Cambridge Chronicle, the oldest, continually published weekly newspaper in America.   Obituaries are key to genealogists researching family members and historians researching little known locals.  The more detailed, the better.

We just came across this great article from cnn.com, called Funny Obits Bring New Life to a Dying Art, about the fine art of writing an obit and the craftsmanship of the journalists who publish them.  The article is an anthology of great obits.

A few highlighted obits are:

Pluto the Planet, 76, died Thursday in Prague, Czech Republic, when it was killed by the International Astronomical Union — downgraded to a lowly ‘dwarf planet.’ No memorial service is planned, because it’s been several years since astronomers considered Pluto a real planet.
–Kay Powell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Denisa Lady Newborough, who has died aged 79, was many things: wire-walker, nightclub girl, nude dancer, air pilot. She only refused to be two things — a whore and a spy — ‘and there were attempts to make me both,’ she once wrote.
–The Daily Telegraph

Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013.  He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.  The women in his life were numerous. He particularly fancied smart women.
–Mississippi Sun Herald, by Stamps’ daughter

Selma Koch, a Manhattan store owner who earned a national reputation by helping women find the right bra size, mostly through a discerning glance and never with a tape measure, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She was 95 and a 34B.
–Douglas Martin, The New York Times

Jim Nicholson’s, the Godfather of contemporary obit writers, sums it up best with his take on the obit:

Most people get three opportunities to make the local news: Birth, marriage and death. Hatch, match and dispatch. Obits bring the deceased out onto the public stage, many for the first and only time, to give them a grand goodbye and in effect, decree to all the readers that this was a life well lived. It is a public validation.

That’s why the Cambridge Room gets so many obit requests.

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On left:  The Secret of Question Nine:  How We Lost Rent Control by Bill Cunningham, 1996.  On right:  Don Leslie, world renowned sword swallower and native Cantabrigian.

The Best Books About Cambridge That You’ve Never Read

The Cambridge Room, the Library’s Archives and Special Collections, has a vast collection of books on every subject imaginable about Cambridge, Massachusetts.  We’ve selected a few of our favorites – featuring bohemians, activists, hippies, teetotalers, revelers, restaurateurs, writers, design gurus, and urban planners.

With titles like, Peaking through the hole of a Bagel, Lewd, and Baby Let me Follow you Down  – what’s not to love.  These books are rare gems – one of a kind – in our collection and touch on the vast and unusual history of Cambridge.  Stop by the Cambridge Room on the second floor for more recommendations.

Exhibition Location: The Sakey Room on the first floor of the original Library building.

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Wikipedians at the Cambridge Public Library in November, 2012.

The Cambridge Room’s Wikipedia Loves Libraries event from this past fall will be featured this evening on CCTV’s NeighborMedia BeLive show.  NeighborMedia is a monthly live show highlighting local news created by citizen journalists.  Siobhan Bredin will talk about her day at the CPL’s Wikipedia Loves Libraries event.  (Her original piece can be viewed here.)  The show will also feature muralist David Fichter talking about plans for the MLK School mural.

Tune into to CCTV Channel 9, Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 – 7:30 PM.  You can view it online the following day at neighbormedia.org.
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