Massachusetts Historical Society

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Harvard Square: A Love Story

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Catherine Turco

This is a hybrid event. FREE for MHS Members. $10 per person fee (in person). No charge for virtual attendees or Card to Culture participants (EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare). The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

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Diving into Harvard Square’s past and present, Catherine J. Turco explores why we love our local marketplaces and so often struggle with changes in them. Along the way, she introduces readers to a compelling set of characters, including the early 20th-century businessmen who bonded over scotch and cigars to found the Harvard Square Business Association; a feisty, frugal landlady who became one of the Square’s most powerful property owners in the mid-1900s; a neighborhood group calling itself the Harvard Square Defense Fund that fought real estate developers throughout the 1980s and ’90s; and a local businesswoman who, in recent years, strove to keep her shop afloat amid personal tragedy―the rise of Amazon―and a globalizing property market that sent her rent soaring. Offering a new and powerful lens that exposes the stability and instability and the security and insecurity that markets provide, Turco transforms how we think about our cherished local marketplaces and markets in general.

THIS PROGRAM WAS NOT RECORDED AT THE REQUEST OF THE PRESENTER.

Hybrid Event

The in-person reception starts at 5:30 and the program will begin at 6:00.

Masks are optional for this event.

The virtual program begins at 6:00 PM and will be hosted on the video conference platform, Zoom. Registrants will receive a confirmation message with attendance information.

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