Historical Consulting


Over the past ten years, developers, nonprofits, and corporations have looked to the expertise of the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative to research and present the rich history of Boston and Cambridge in new and innovative ways.  With a well-connected working group of leaders from Boston’s visitor industry, local government, and business community, the Collaborative is equipped to unearth intriguing stories on an area’s past, as well as use this material to help brand a project. 

The Collaborative is the only history organization in the region that has a focus on business/economic history, Boston maritime history, Boston biotech & infotech history and a core competency on how to present this to the public.

The Collaborative has also excelled at going into areas which might not usually be seen as ripe for using history to tell its stories (e.g. Kendall Square, Kenmore Square, and the South Boston Waterfront).  By showing clients how a very active, alive history can help their own institution and the region, the Collaborative uses the past to help plan for the future. 




Site-branding Opportunities, Museum Exhibits & Public Displays:

  • Boston Museum: Developing the content and exhibits for the Innovation Gallery, as well as playing a pivotal role in developing the other four galleries. The Boston Museum, projected to open in 2012, will be located in downtown Boston, and will bring the region’s history into focus inspiring locals and visitors to explore the rich heritage, historic sites and cultural attractions.

  • Battery Wharf Hotel & Condos: Developing a “pocket museum” on Boston maritime history, including the Coast Guard history, as well as signage required under Chapter 91 for the developers.  Check out recent coverage in the Boston Business Journal.

  • Beal Companies/One Kendall Square:  Surveyed and reported on the innovation-related history of the One Kendall property and immediate vicinity.  Material being used in rebranding the property, considered the heart of Cambridge’s “Genetown.”

  • Hotel Commonwealth & Kenmore Square Revitalization: Worked with Boston University and the developers of the Hotel Commonwealth to develop a history of Kenmore Sq./Fenway/Longwood for use in “rebranding” the Square.  Historical material used in hotel rooms.  

  • Museum of African American History: Engaged the Collaborative to provide online sales and ticketing services for the Freedom Schooner Amistad’s 2004 visit.

  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority: Prepared overview of the South Boston waterfront neighborhood’s history, uncovering the story of a late 19th century waterfront major league baseball park, as well as a number of other stories which may be turned into public displays.

Live Presentations:

  • EMC and Raytheon: Created live dramatic history presentations used to explain each business’s innovative contributions.  Used for EMC’s 25th anniversary – broadcast to 8,000 employees worldwide; Performed during several Raytheon executive meetings.

  • Innovation Week: Worked closely with Celebrate Boston to help catalyze “Innovation Week” during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  Brought together over 30 institutions from MIT and Harvard Medical School to the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, New England Healthcare Institute, MFS, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library to actively participate in Innovation Week. 

  • Wellesley College, Israel’s Technion and University of Oslo School of Entrepreneurship: Used our Innovation Odyssey performance to illustrate the region’s innovation economy and history.

  • Analog Devices and Hatch Mott McDermott: Used Innovation Odyssey as part of new staff orientation and their annual board meeting


  • Massachusetts Convention Center Authority:  Engaged the Collaborative to help convention-goers understand how Greater Boston’s innovations have contributed to a particular industry’s growth over the years, even centuries (e.g.- BIO2007/Biotech’s Greater Boston History).  Conventioneers come to Boston wanting a bit of history, and we help to make it customized to their interests and work. 

  • Omni Parker House Hotel: Led the creation of the Literary Trail with twenty sites in Boston, Cambridge, and Boston, which became a part of its overall branding effort.

  • Tudor Wharf-Marriott Hotel: Researched Tudor Wharf and Charlestown waterfront history for hotel development and produced interpretive signage for Harborwalk, which was approved by BRA and State Chapter 91 regulators.




Live Performance