This year has been devastating. It has robbed us of normalcy, leveled economies, and taken loved ones. We're glad to see the many negative aspects of 2020 go. And yet, despite all the awfulness of these many months, with your support we delivered a year of meaningful programming.
Our Opening Conversation kicked off our 2020 theme, "Who Are Cambridge Women?" We created self-guided tours and facilitated oral histories. We talked with Historian Susan Ware about women's suffrage. But it wasn't long before the pandemic was in full force and everything shut down. We didn't let that stop us. That's when we decided to help Cantabrigians tell their unique stories through this time by placing them in vacant storefronts around Cambridge and sharing them to our own Instagram story. We talked with high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School about their experiences and perspectives. We explored monuments and memorials in our How Does Cambridge Commemorate? series. Our virtual fundraising event, Shaped By Cambridge, allowed us to play host to Here and Now's Robin Young, New York Times Reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs, three-time US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Squirrel Nut Zippers Musician and Founder Jimbo Mathus, and Coach Mike Jarvis. And finally, we said goodbye to this terrible year with Good Riddance 2020, where we shredded away all the bad and welcomed 2021 with our hopes, dreams, and wishes.
You've been there with us every step of the way, and we couldn't be more grateful for your support. Making history with you is what we're all about. It's why we're here, and we want to thank you for making it possible for us to deliver, even through a pandemic.
There is so much to look forward to in 2021 like our new annual theme: How does Cambridge Mend? Plus, we have some very exciting things planned, so be on the lookout for big changes. We look forward to continuing to make history with you in 2021.