• House Marker Program

    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.

April 11, 2019 – Happy Spring! We have crocuses on the front garden! Look at our upcoming events below and learn about our new exhibit. Join us for our Annual Meeting on May 10 at 7:00 PM. Our annual meeting is a time to celebrate our accomplishments and elect a new Board of Governors. All members of the community who enjoy history, especially Medford History, are invited to attend; only MHSM members are permitted to vote on the slate of elected Board positions. Refreshments and conversation follow. **Please consider becoming a MHSM member or donating to MHSM at our Paypal link.  We count on members and donations to thrive!


500x500_610445_file“DARK TIDE”: The Great Molasses Flood
Speaker: Stephen Puleo
Discover the gripping story of the explosion of a 50-foot steel tank in Boston’s North End waterfront neighborhood on January 15, 1919. Containing 2.3 million gallons of molasses, the tank explosion destroyed everything in its path. Learn about the loss of lives, bodily injuries and destruction of property as well as the lawsuit that would lay the foundation for workplace safety.
April 25 at 7:00 PM
Medford Public Library 111 High Street


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.


NEIGHBORHOOD WALKING TOUR: led by Dee Morris, historian

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Meet at the corner of High and Mystic Streets, Medford
Strolling through the Hallowells’ Neighborhood on Lower Mystic Street will be a visit to the domestic world of these families. Their stories reveal an array of independent thinkers who loved their children, neighbors and pets. Nicknamed “the Colony,” these households infused creative energy into the Medford community.

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.


Learn more about the programs for Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist including the Exhibit “Gathering up the Fragments”, talks and walking tours on our Events page.

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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