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Preserving Cambridge: An Exhibition

Before: 1161 Cambridge Street

After:  1161 Cambridge Street, Cambridge Preservation Award Winner, 2012

Preserving Cambridge

Exhibition Location: 2nd Floor of the Main Library

The Cambridge Preservation Awards Program, inaugurated by the Historical Commission in 1997, celebrates outstanding projects and notable individuals who conserve and protect the city’s architecture and history.  Awards are given each May for projects completed within the previous calendar year.  May is National Preservation month.

Seven project categories are eligible for Cambridge Preservation Awards:  restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive use, neighborhood conservation, landscape preservation, archaeology, and education/outreach.  Awards are based on the following criteria:

  • historical and architectural significance of the property,
  • exceptional quality of the project,
  • extent to which the project contributed to the preservation of the property,
  • impact of the project on the preservation of the city’s historic resources.

Previous award-winning projects have included residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial properties as well as historic landscapes.  The exhibit features before and after photographs of past award winners and demonstrate the hard work of owners, architects, carpenters, and other craftsmen to preserve these buildings for future Cantabrigians to enjoy.

The Cambridge Preservation Awards Program is May 27, 2015.  The public is welcome.   View the invitation here:  Preservation_2015.


A Cambridge Room Exhibition: Postcards of Cambridge

Postcards of Cambridge, an exhibition featuring historic postcards from the Cambridge Public Library Archives, is currently on view at the Cambridge Public Library’s Main building.  The postcards on display reflect diverse aspects of Cambridge life and history dating back to the 19th century, and represent subjects including Harvard University, the Longfellow House, the Washington Elm, Harvard Square, Central Square, Cambridge Common, and many more.

The exhibition is located on the second floor of Cambridge’s Main Library and is available for viewing during the library’s regular hours.

A Cambridge Room Exhibition: The Printed Word – Three Books of Influence from Colonial Cambridge

An etching from Thomas Shepard’s The Parable of the Ten Virgins

The Printed Word:  Three Books of Influence from Colonial Cambridge, a rare book exhibition featuring three books from the Cambridge Room, is currently on view at the Cambridge Public Library’s Main building.  The three books on display – Thomas Shepard’s The Parable of the Ten Virgins (1660), John Tulley’s Almanack (1692), and Judah Monis’ Hebrew Grammar, (1735) – are illustrative of both the types of books printed in colonial Cambridge and the authors who had profound influence on the citizenry of Cambridge.

The exhibition is located on the second floor of Cambridge’s Main Library and is available for viewing  during the library’s regular hours.

Free Exhibition: The History of Personal Credit at the Baker Library

W.W. Chenery. “Debtor and Creditor.” Boston: M. T. Sheahan, late 19th c. Bleichroeder Print Collection, Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School 

The Baker Library Historical Collections at Harvard Business School has just curated a free exhibition on the history of personal credit, titled Buy Now, Pay Later.  In light of current economic issues, in particular the problem that many Americans live well beyond their means via credit, this exhibition couldn’t have come at a better time.

The exhibition will run from October 22, 2010 through June 3, 2011 in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School.  On Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 4:00 p.m. there will be a gallery talk in the North Lobby.  The exhibition and gallery talk are free and open to the public.
To learn more about the exhibition and view some of the materials that are featured, click here:  http://www.library.hbs.edu/hc/credit/.

Free Exhibition at Wellesley College: Why Margaret Fuller Matters

Until recently, Margaret Fuller, one of Cambridge’s most renowned intellectuals, was left out of the pantheon of Transcendentalists.  A new exhibition at Wellesley College’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life looks to reintroduce Fuller through a series of text and image panels that explore her relationships with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Nathaniel Hawthorne; her views on women’s rights, education, class, slavery, American Indian rights, religion, and transcendentalism; her world view as a transnationalist; and her unique vision of a just world.

The exhibition runs from October 27 to November 11, 2010 and is free and open to the public.

For more information on Wellesley College’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life:  http://www.wellesley.edu/rellife/.