Joshua Bowen Smith

Joshua Bowen Smith was a confidant of U.S. Senator Charles Sumner and one of the best-known public figures of his day. After working with H.R. Thacker, a caterer, Smith opened his own establishment in 1849. He provided commencement dinners for Harvard College, catered municipal functions, and oversaw some of the most celebrated banquets in Boston history. Smith was elected to the state legislature in 1873 and 1874 and served as chair of the Federal Relations Committee.


Simon and Anna Bradstreet

Harvard Square
Site of the early home of a founder of Cambridge (1603-1672) and his wife the poet...

John Harvard Statue

Harvard Square
John Harvard was an English minister in America whose deathbed bequest to the Massachusetts...

Lois Lilley Howe House

West Cambridge
Home of America’s first woman architect from 1889 to 1964. Howe was an early practitioner...


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