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    The HSBA Celebrates the Anniversary of its Incorporation


    The Harvard Square Business Association founded in 1910 and officially incorporated on May 20, 1936 and is the oldest business association in New England. To the best of our knowledge the HSBA is the second oldest Business Association in the United States and the South Philadelphia Business Association founded in 1897 the first.  

    To celebrate its Centennial and the anniversary of our incorporation, the HSBA formally submitted its board papers, meeting notes, newsletters and photos that have been accumulated over the past 100 years to the Cambridge Historical Society on Thursday, May 20, 2010. 

    During the past century, The Harvard Square Business Association has spearheaded initiatives that resulted in significant contributions to Harvard Square; from the earliest incarnation of Electrified Lampposts, to the latest, Free Outdoor Public WiFi! Over these many years, the HSBA has cared for the Square, improved the public space, and strengthened the business community by developing and nurturing partnerships with the City of Cambridge, Harvard University, property and business owners, residents, and students.           

    John DiGiovanni, chair of the Board of the Harvard Square Business Association, states, “In this day and age of nearly paperless workplaces we are pleased to turn over these fragile paper documents for safe-keeping. These historical notes document a century of cooperation and collaboration that has existed and continues to exist between the City of Cambridge, the business association and Harvard University. It is gratifying to know that these documents will be properly archived and preserved in perpetuity.  Gavin Kleespies, Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Society has been a thoughtful leader and has worked closely with HSBA staff and our Centennial Stories Committee to ensure a smooth transition of the documents.”