Finding Out Cambridge’s Secrets One By One

Researchers Lwam, Jake, and Isaiah at the Cambridge Room.

Researchers Lwam, Jake, and Isaiah at the Cambridge Room.

During my time at Our Riverside we have talked about archives a lot because a really cool thing that we were given the opportunity to do is look at the Cambridge Community Centers’ own archive. From then on we went on two field trips that consisted of looking at Cambridge’s archives and gathering information about anything that might have been going on in Cambridge in 1968, which is our main focus this summer. The first trip we went on was to the Cambridge Public Library’s own personal archive. It had all different types of information about what Cambridge was like back then. Something that I really enjoyed was the pictures they had from back then as well as looking at the architectural aspect and how much it has changed in a matter of 50 years. It even had some old magazines from the high school's newspaper which was a really good way to see what the students school lives were like back then and what has changed along with how much it has changed. The other trip we went on was to the Cambridge Historical Commision. The CHC had a lot more information on Cambridge and it had a lot more information than what we were able to see at the library. The CHC was a real good way for us to find out more information on our specific topics that we are focusing on for our final projects. I was able to find out more information than I needed to about my topic which specifically had to do with anything that was affiliated with music from 1968 in Cambridge. Both field trips showed me a more meaningful and deeper part of Cambridge and that a lot of resources are open to me if I just put effort into finding them and making time for them. It helped me uncover more about Cambridge’s history which I probably wouldn’t have learned about from anywhere else, maybe even uncovering some secrets as well.

-Lwam