• Laborers, Civil War

    MHSM Civil War Photo Collection

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

September 24, 2020 –

MHSM is offering virtual programming for the fall. See below for more details. Please NOTE: To protect the public and follow State orders regarding the spread of Covid-19, MHSM will continue to be closed to the public until further notice. The building is also going under some renovations thanks to a CPA grant.  Replies to inquiries may be delayed until the museum re-opens.  

Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM, on ZOOM
1620 Anniversary Lecture (postponed from Spring)
A Virtual Commemoration of 1620 with Stephen Kenney “A Tale of Two Colonies: Plimoth and Massachusetts Bay in the 17th Century.”
Talk followed by a Q & A with Stephen Kenney, the Director of the Commonwealth Museum at the Massachusetts Archives and is the curator for Commonwealth Museum exhibits. He holds a PhD from Boston University.
Co-sponsored by MHSM and the Friends of the Medford Public Library.
Register on Eventbrite. NOTE: When registering, there is a request for an OPTIONAL donation. This money does not go to MHSM, it goes to Partnership for Historic Boston.

See more upcoming fall events here including talks and our new history book group.

SURVEY: Please take a moment to fill out our community survey.  MHSM is committed to racial justice and inclusiveness and recognizes that all of Medford history is Black history. The community benefits from a complex history that also includes First Nations’ peoples, and the waves of immigration that have flowed into the city. MHSM pledges to reach out broadly in the community in order to find ways to empower people of color. We understand that we are learning all the time, and we are committed to change in 2020 and beyond.

In the news:

Learn more about the history of the difficult and dated images on the USPS Forest Street WPA mural (1939), which has recently been covered up.

MHSM and Tufts have partnered to store the Civil War Photo Collection on the Tufts Campus.  Learn more here.

The Lydia Maria Child Society has released their latest newsletter with a piece about her scrapbook at MHSM. Read the LMCS_Newsletter_here.  


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We are proud of this popular book, “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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