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We'd like to publish the book abroad. Email us if you have ideas!

CLHP is the winner of the Multimedia Award for the book, CD box set, and website.

The NEW YORK TIMES features the Caffè Lena History Project on the cover of the ARTS section!






The Caffè Lena History Project is an initiative created by History Project Director Jocelyn Arem on behalf of Caffè Lena, a nonprofit organization. As a special outreach project in collaboration with Caffè Lena and serving to augment the Caffè’s full time operating activity, this project does not receive any direct funding from Caffè Lena. It therefore depends entirely on grant and donor support from outside agencies and individuals. Please donate today! Your charitable donation is tax deductible. We seek funds to support:

  • Publicity and promotional costs for our Book, CD box set and exhibition
  • Project operation including office overhead, archival storage, travel and supplies
  • Continued development of the Caffè Lena Digital Archive
  • Continued development of the Caffè Lena History Project website

To donate online by credit card:
(Please note: you do not need to have a PayPal account to donate via credit card)

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To donate by check:
Make your check payable to: Caffè Lena and *please write in memo line: “History Project”

Send your check to: History Project c/o Caffè Lena
Mail to: PO Box 245, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Please contact us for any donation questions.

Please visit the Caffe Lena website to learn how to donate in support of current programming.


Attention Artists, Patrons, Businesses! Ways You Can Help

Are you an artist with a mailing list of music supporters that might be interested in our project?
Are you a business interested in sponsoring our project and/or interested in purchasing discounted bulk copies of our book + CD/box as a premium giveaway for your members or clients?

Let's chat!  Please contact us with your ideas or questions.


Archival Donations

The Caffè Lena History Project is in the process of expanding the Caffè’s resource of archival material to enable continued teaching and research on the Caffè’s important place in America’s musical history. The archive will be available for viewing in 2014.

To donate archival materials including memorabilia and photographs, contact us.


Story Submissions

Did you go to the Caffè in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s? Know someone who did? Did you know Lena Spencer? Do you have stories to share? We’d love to hear from you!
Share your story

Please note that at this time, all oral history submissions are being carefully indexed and preserved with the Caffè Lena Collection. We will contact oral history contributors for permissions regarding potential future uses of submitted material on this website and other History Project related endeavors.