Tag Archives: Workshops

Date Change: Researching the History of Your Cambridge Home

Date & Time:
August 18, 2021
3:00pm – 4:00pm
REGISTER HERE

Research the History of Your Cambridge House
Are you interested in learning more about where you live or the property you own? This hour-long, in-person workshop will guide you through a variety of online resources that will help you research your home. Discover when your building was built and by whom. Find out who lived in your house and how your neighborhood has changed.

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Register for Rainsford Island : A Hidden History of Neglect and Activism in Boston Harbor

Date & Time:
February 25, 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm
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Rainsford Island : A Hidden History of Neglect and Activism in Boston Harbor
Join us for a presentation about Boston Harbor’s little known Rainsford Island.  For centuries, the island was an off-shore repository for Boston’s unwanted – a quarantine Island for  “small pox victims, impoverished immigrants, violent criminals, drunkards, unwed mothers and their infants, mentally ill, and delinquent boys.”  The brutal living conditions left nearly 1,800 dead in unmarked graves, including soldiers from the Massachusetts 54th, the famous Black Civil War regiment. The work of activist Alice North Towne Lincoln and Louis Brandeis, the future Supreme Court Justice, forced Boston to close the island. Discover the stories of those incarcerated and those who advocated on their behalf.   Learn how we can memorialize them today. 

Robin Hazard Ray contributed to the book and was its author.  Robin has written for the MIT News, the Boston Herald, and many other publications.  She is a docent and tour guide at Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Her historical mystery novel, the Stanger’s Tomb, takes place at Mount Auburn.

Bill McEvoy, Jr. is a US Army Veteran and retired Massachusetts District Court Magistrate.  Since his retirement in 2009, McEvoy has conducted large-scale cemetery research projects, including several at Cambridge’s Mount Auburn Cemetery as well as a four-year study on the Catholic Mount Auburn Cemetery in Watertown.  The Boston Globe featured McEvoy’s work uncovering the story of Rainsford Island on the front page of the March 8, 2020 edition

Rainsford Island, A Boston Harbor Case Study in Public Neglect and Private Activism is available as a free download.

Lunchtime Lectures from the Cambridge Room

Join us for a weekly virtual series on Thursdays at noon, featuring author talks, lectures, and workshops on genealogy and Cambridge history.  For our kick-off event on February 25th, author’s Bill McEvoy and Robin Hazard Ray will discuss the fate of those banished to Boston Harbor’s Rainsford Island.  In March, the Leventhal Map Center will take us on a walk through Cambridge using historic maps.  Becky Cooper, author of We Keep the Dead Close, will talk about the murder of a Harvard graduate student that gripped the nation.  Check our schedule as we continue to add more programs throughout the Spring.

Researching the History of Your Cambridge House at the New Valente Branch

Researching the History of Your Cambridge House at the New Valente Branch
Are you interested in learning more about where you live or the property you own? This hour-long 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.  Registration is mandatory.

Date, Time & Location:
6:30pm – 7:30pm, Monday, November 18, Valente Branch, REGISTER HERE

Researching the History of Your Cambridge House: Branch Tour!

Researching the History of Your Cambridge House:  Branch Tour!
Are you interested in learning more about where you live or the property you own? This hour-long 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.  Registration is mandatory.

Date, Time & Location:
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Wednesday, November 28, O’Connell Branch, REGISTER HERE
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Wednesday, December 5, O’Neill Branch, REGISTER HERE
6:00pm – 7:00pm, Wednesday, December 11, Central Branch, REGISTER HERE
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Thursday, January 10, Collins Branch, REGISTER HERE
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Tuesday, January 15, Boudreau Branch, REGISTER HERE