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October 19, 2017

MHSM is please to be part of Cache’s Arts Across Medford festival. Celebrating “connections”, the festival features art, music, theatre and our own exhibit “The Twentieth Century is History” open Sundays 12-4 PM.

Check out the new “Medford Brick by Brick” bike tour, now downloadable as a pdf Medford Bike Tour 2017. Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for their support.

The first batch of photos from the Civil War Collection are now available to see on Digital Commonwealth. More coming soon. For questions about the collection email: cwphotos@medfordhistorical.org, to learn more about the collection click here.

View the new Tufts online exhibit on John Brown and George L. Stearns.   The exhibit features items from MHSM’s collection.

COMING UP at the Medford Historical Society & Museum

Check out all our upcoming fall programs here.

Now on Exhibit:
The Twentieth Century is History
Sundays, 12:00-4:00 PM at MHSM
This new exhibit celebrating twentiethcentury memorabilia from the MHSM collections begins on October 15, with a focus on commerce when Medford moved out of the era of bricks, rum, and shipbuilding. Do you remember Ginny dolls, Volpe’s Fruit, Midget Car Racing, and the Bal-A-Roue Roller Rink?  These businesses represent a sampling of exhibit features, connecting our past to our present.  The exhibit is on-going through December.

Sunday, October 22
“Conquest, Conversion, and Resistance in Colonial Peru: The Archaeology of an Early Church and Town, 1578 – 1750″
by Jeffrey Quilter, Director, Peabody Museum
2:00 PM, at Grace Episcopal Church
Dr. Jeffrey Quilter is the Director of Harvard’s Peabody Museum and a member of the Grace Episcopal Church Vestry. He has focused his lifetime of archaeological research on the prehistoric and Early Colonial cultures of the New World, especially in Peru and Costa Rica. His recent work is the archaeological and historical investigation of a 16th-18th century town and church complex on the North Coast of Peru. His lecture will discuss the larger social and political world of Early Colonial Peru and the detailed view of the daily lives of the people of this community, Magdalena de Cao, Viejo, as revealed by the collaborative efforts of a multi-national investigative team.  Please join us for this fascinating presentation and discussion.

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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