• Laborers, Civil War

    MHSM Civil War Photo Collection

    You can now access all of our Civil War photos on Digital Commonwealth.

October 31, 2019 – Happy Autumn! Check out the new newsletter here. Please consider becoming a MHSM member or donating to MHSM at our Paypal link.  We count on members and donations to thrive!

Molasses: From the Slave Trade to the Great Flood
with Anthony Sammarco
Sunday, November 3, 7:00 PM
Medford Senior Center, 101 Riverside Avenue
Massachusetts has an integral connection with molasses and was a part of the Triangle Trade of the 18th-century world economy. Rum from New England was traded in Africa for slaves, who were brought to the West Indies and the Caribbean where they cultivated sugar cane. The sugar cane was later refined into molasses which was shipped to New England and often used in the distillation of rum. This lecture will explore the Isaac Royall family in Medford and the Lawrence Rum Distillery on Ship Avenue (now Riverside Avenue) as Anthony Sammarco traces this history from the 18th-century through the tee-totalism and abolitionist causes of the 19th-century to the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

Sunday, December 8 beginning at 7:00 PM
MHSM, 10 Governors Avenue
Featuring Joseph Zellner, Character Interpretation: Civil War Pvt. Solomon Pierce of the Massachusetts 54th Infantry. Holiday refreshments will follow. Mark your calendar!



Learn more about the programs for Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist including the Exhibit “Gathering up the Fragments”.
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 Michael 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 $20 at MHSM.  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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