• Laborers, Civil War

    MHSM Civil War Photo Collection

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

July 10, 2019 – Do you know the difference between MHSM, the Medford Historical Commission and the Medford Historic District Commission? Read more here.

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Please note the date change for the walking tour on Saturday due to the heat.

(right) 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.

SUMMER WALKING TOURS: led by Dee Morris, historian
Medford Square: Always Looking towards Tomorrow
Saturdays, July 27, August 17, 2019.  10:00 AM.
Meet in Medford Square, at Century Bank, 1 Salem Street

A city square provides a community with the “stuff” that defines daily life.  Goods and services certainly morph over time as new needs emerge.  Our ionic rum distillery and the Royal Oak Tavern are no more, yet there are physical reminders of our history that co-exist with contemporary landmarks.  Join us for a fresh look at the Square that combines a nod to the past with some lively conversation about the future.


Learn more about the programs for Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist including the Exhibit “Gathering up the Fragments”, now EXTENDED through Summer 2019.  

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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