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Meet the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

New guest poster: Sarah Margerum is a certificate student at Tufts, and a volunteer at the Cambridge Historical Society.

Meet the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House:

I know, it’s a mouth full, but that’s what happens when a house has been around since 1685 – it passes through quite a few hands. The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House at 159 Brattle Street has been the headquarters of CHS since 1957 and is filled to the brim with historical books and objects today. On November 8, 6-8pm, we’re hosting a wine and cheese party that will give you an opportunity to see the house and learn a bit about its history. Recent historical sleuthing revealed interesting and mysterious facts about the house that we’ll discuss and you’ll have the chance to see some of the evidence for yourself. Please RSVP to sarah.margerum[at]tufts[dot]eduif you’d like to attend. I hope to see you there!

Cambridgeport History Day

If you don’t have Saturday afternoon plans yet, check this out. (Even if you do have plans, you might want to cancel them for this!)

On Saturday, October 1, 2011, Cambridge will again celebrate Cambridgeport History Day, bringing people together and creating a sense of place and community through shared history and common stories. Dana Park, on Magazine Street, between Lawrence and McTernan streets, is the event’s hub.

The Cambridge Historical Society‘s website has more information and a complete schedule.

There will be living history performances, fun activities for kids of all ages, a potluck, and a neat community exhibition called “If This House Could Talk.”

If you go, let us know all about it!

Awesome Tufts Internships

Kristin Powers is finishing up her Museum Studies certificate with this fantastic internship:

Kristin Powers is the Public Relations/Marketing and Exhibits intern at the Cambridge Historical Society. A graphic designer by trade, Kristin is working with the staff of CHS, housed in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, a 17th and 18th century Tory mansion, to get the society on the map as a tourism destination, and a bigger presence in the Cambridge Discovery Days. Kristin is creating websites and brochures for new tours, such as a history of candy-making in Cambridge, using social media to promote events put on by the society, and planning and designing a small exhibit for Photo Archive Days. In addition, Kristin is working on an corporate identity manual, long-term media campaign, and helping the assistant director redesign the CHS website.

Cambridge Open Archives

From Museum Studies certificate student Kristin Powers, who’s currently doing her internship with the Cambridge Historical Society:

In July, people in Cambridge, Mass. will have the rare opportunity to see inside nine different archives. The third annual Open Archives Tour will feature private archives, city archives, and Harvard archives on three separate days. “This is a really unique opportunity to see some of the rare items from our collections, see the spaces where our archivists process this material, and talk to the professionals that have a deep and passionate understanding of this history.” said Gavin W. Kleespies of the Cambridge Historical Society. Alyssa Pacy of the Cambridge Room at the Public Library added, “Cambridge is a really unusual city in terms of the number of
organizations that are collecting and holding archival material and this is an amazing chance to peek behind the scenes in nine of these institutions.”

The following institutions will participate:
Cambridge City Clerk’s Office
Cambridge Historical Commission
Cambridge Historical Society
Cambridge Public Library
Harvard University Archives
Houghton Library
Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Schlesinger Library

eta: Check out the website here.

Cambridge Heritage Trust Tour Development Internship [Cambridge Historical Society]

Cambridge Heritage Trust Tour Development Internship

Summer internship to work on a grant funded project
$1,500 stipend
3 month internship, 12 hours a week (minimum)
Contact: Gavin W. Kleespies (info@cambridgehistory.org)
Applications accepted until February 3, 2012

We are looking for a summer intern to develop and lead an original walking tour on an aspect of
the history of Cambridge and then give a lecture on the same subject. The tours will take place
as a part of the Cambridge Discovery Days* (August 4 and August 11), and the lectures would
be given at the Public Library or another central location that is accessible to the city’s residents.

The tours can be on a wide variety of subjects, worked out by the intern and CHS staff. The
two main conditions are that the tours will A) advance the understanding of Cambridge History
and B) that they will be guided tours that are given as a part of the Cambridge Discovery
Days program. Other than these two conditions, the format and the content of the tours will be
relatively openly defined. They can be walking tours, bicycle tours, or smart phone tours. The
subject of these tours is also relatively open.

Working with the Cambridge Historical Society staff, the intern will be expected to develop, plan,
research, write, and presentation of a tour. The intern will also gather historic images and take
contemporary photos of the sites and we will use these images to produce a self guided tour to
be distributed in print and/or on-line.

To apply, please submit a resume, writing sample, schedule of your availability over the summer
of 2012, and a statement of why you would be a good fit for this internship. Please also let us
know if you are available for an interview in person or if we should set up a telephone interview.
The selection will be made by the Executive Director.

The internship will be for a three month period and will include 12 hours a week at CHS,
although they can volunteer additional hours if they choose. For their efforts, the intern will
receive a $1,500 stipend.

*The Cambridge Discovery Days are two days in August when there are a series of free tours
of Cambridge given across the city by a wide variety of different non-profit groups, including but
not limited to: the Cambridge Historical Commission, the Longfellow House, the Mount Auburn
Cemetery, and numerous independent tour leaders. This will be true as long as the Cambridge
Discovery Days continue. If this program ceases to exist, the Cambridge Historical Society will
offer a tour every August as a part of our regular program schedule.

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