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November 3, 2017

Come by and see our new exhibit: “The Twentieth Century is History” open Sundays 12-4 PM. A special feature is a display of “Ginny Dolls” and doll clothes made in Medford.

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 programs here.

Now on Exhibit:
The Twentieth Century is History
Sundays, 12:00-4:00 PM at MHSM
This new exhibit celebrates twentiethcentury memorabilia from the MHSM collections 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?  On-going through December.

Wednesday, November 8
Panel PresentationHigh School Pigskin Rivalry: Medford and Malden Battle It Out in the Historic 130th Game”
6:30 PM, at the Medford Public Library
This is about a storied high school football rivalry in Massachusetts, which this year celebrates the 130th battle between the Medford Mustangs and the Malden Golden Tornadoes.  Meet the coaches (Jason Nascimento from Medford and Bill Manchester from Malden), along with players and alumni from both teams, who will explain why this game is the most important one of the season—for the players, the coaches, the alumni and fans. Christopher Hurley, sports editor for the Medford Transcript, and David Fedo, Vice President of MHSM will co-lead the panel.  Malden currently leads the series by 64-55-10, but both teams will be keyed up and rarin’ to go.  Come to hear the pre-game strategies, as both sides in the competition discuss the historical tradition which has made this athletic contest so special.

Friday, December 8
MHSM Annual Holiday Party and Talk: “James Pierpont in Medford”
7:00 PM, at MHSM, 10 Governors Avenue
Speaker:  Kyna Hamill, a long-time MHSM member and on the faculty at Boston University, has recently published an article on her extensive research into the first performances of “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the mid nineteenth-century blackface minstrel halls of Boston.  Learn more about James Pierpont, the man who wrote “Jingle Bells,” and his connections to Medford, Savannah and nineteenth-century music.  Holiday refreshments and good conversation follow.  MHSM members, guests and those interested in Medford History are all welcome.

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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