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    Historic House Markers

    Display your pride in Medford's History. Order a historical marker showing the date your house was built. Historic House Marker Program.

May 31, 2019 – Happy Spring! Look for our latest newsletter in your mailbox featuring information on our collection of samplers, our current exhibit and a review of the society’s bylaws.

**Please consider becoming a MHSM member or donating to MHSM at our Paypal link.  We count on members and donations to thrive!


Sunday, June 9, 2019, 2:00-4:00 PM
West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington Street,
Music from the Heart: Rediscovering the ‘Calhoun Plantation Songs’ presents spirituals compiled by Emily Hallowell, Edward’s daughter, when she taught in Alabama’s Calhoun Colored School in the 1890s. A live performance will recreate these sacred folk songs after Dee Morris highlights Emily’s life-changing adventure.

(right) Edward Needles Hallowell (1836-1871)
An historical series featuring Medford Abolitionists and Heroes of the Civil War Presented by: Medford Historical Society & Museum, Medford Public Library, Royall House and Slave Quarters, West Medford Community Center, and the Medford Arts Council.
EXHIBIT HOURS: Sundays, 12:00 – 4:00 PM or by appt.
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Ave.

SUMMER WALKING TOURS: led by Dee Morris, historian
Medford Square: Always Looking towards Tomorrow
Saturdays, June 22, July 20, August 17, 2019.  10:00 AM.
Meet in Medford Square, at Century Bank, 1 Salem Street

A city square provides a community with the “stuff” that defines daily life.  Goods and services certainly morph over time as new needs emerge.  Our ionic rum distillery and the Royal Oak Tavern are no more, yet there are physical reminders of our history that co-exist with contemporary landmarks.  Join us for a fresh look at the Square that combines a nod to the past with some lively conversation about the future.


Learn more about the programs for Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist including the Exhibit “Gathering up the Fragments”, now EXTENDED through Summer 2019.  

Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist is funded in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local commission that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the City of Medford. Funding is also provided by the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund.

Medford history book released!


We are proud to introduce “Our Medford,” written by Medford teacher Mike Coates for kids and anyone interested in an illustrated introduction to Medford History.

The book began to be used in the Medford grade 3 classrooms in fall 2016.

Click here to view the book online. Printed copies are available for sale at MHSM for $20.  All proceeds benefit MHSM’s educational programs.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.MAC_MCC_logo


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