This book contains five parts, all relating to Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From "The First Independent Thanksgiving" shows Harvard Square as the locus of the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1774. to the original "History of Cambridge," first published in 1801, was written by the Rev. Abiel Holmes. Long used by Cambridge school children, that text is here illustrated for the first time. "Harvard Honors Nelson Mandela" portrays the outdoor celebration of 25,000 people when, for only the third time in its history, Harvard presented an honorary degree outside of its regular academic convocations. University photographers abundantly recorded the occasion. Finally, "Harvard Gallery of Photographs by Rick Stafford" consists of images of people in the Harvard Square environs illustrating diverse fields of learning and life.