Cambridge Boat Club

established 1909

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Brief History of Cambridge Boat Club

Centennial History Update

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Click here to view Cambridge Boat Club—A Centennial History 1909-2009, published in the summer of the centennial year and presented as a gift to the membership.

New to this online version is Peter Tyson’s introductory piece, “A Tale of Two Sites – A Deep Prehistory,” that you’ll find on pages i-xx. Enjoy this and the more than forty other interesting and entertaining articles and shorter pieces by your fellow members that comprise the complete work.

NOTE: Should you wish to purchase extra copies of the bound volume, they are available to members at $25 each. You’ll find them on sale at the Club Gear Table at various events throughout the year.

A Brief History of Cambridge Boat Club

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Cambridge Boat Club was founded by civic minded Cantabrigians who gathered to create a common resource for athletics and socializing. The club was incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on April 7th, 1909. Its declared purpose was to "encourage athletic exercises, boating and yachting and to establish and maintain a place for social meetings".

This is the era when people began to formally take notice of the importance of individuals and groups to marshall their forces, in stewardship of the nation's open spaces and recreational lands. It is the time of Teddy Roosevelt's Presidency, the establishment of many of our great national parks and the environmental movement so capably espoused by the impassioned photography of Walter Muir. Mount Auburn Cemetery and Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace are still in their infancy.