About Us

The Medford Historical Society & Museum was organized in 1896 by concerned citizens from the city of Medford. In 2013 we added “Museum” to our name to mark our organization as the city’s museum.

The original purpose of MHS was to collect and preserve the history of this historic city, to correct the myths that had grown up over the years, to build a historical library, to collect the artifacts of local history, and to celebrate historical anniversaries.

One of their first projects was to sponsor a historical festival, “On the Banks of the Mystic,” in 1896.

Shortly thereafter they started the Medford Historical Register, which appeared quarterly until 1943. This printed original research and other interesting information about the city, thus preserving a great deal of local history that would otherwise have been lost.

If you’d like to join us, click here for Membership Information.

If you’d like to make a donation, download our: printable donation form in pdf format.

First headquarters

Their first headquarters in 1896 was in an historic house built in 1800 at      2 Ashland Street, the birthplace of Lydia Maria Child in 1802, and where the famous “Medford crackers” were made. Members vacated the property in 1915, moving temporarily to rented quarters at 6 Main Street. The next year they built their present headquarters at 10 Governors Avenue in a Spanish Mission style building designed by the president of the Society, Moses W. Mann at a cost of just over $6600.

Historic Tablets

Throughout the city, bronze tablets mark historic sites in the city. They interpret the history connected with Medford’s old industries, local celebrities and culture as they were understood in the 1990s. Some recent discoveries have been made to reframe these narratives.


In recent years, the Society has been active in cataloging and preserving our collections. We are also slowly modernizing our headquarters on Governors Avenue, which now celebrates 100 years.  We also sponsor historic bicycle tours, give presentations to school-age youth; holding regular meetings with talks on the city’s history; and continue to preserve our collection of Civil War photographs.

MHSM Bylaws and Founding Documents

Articles Of Incorporation 1896

Bylaws as of May 2019

Strategic Plan

After much work, we now have a Strategic Plan for the next three years. Our new Board members, Susan and David Fedo spearheaded the effort. In the next few months, the Board will be starting specific projects and we’ll be looking for volunteers. Click here to download the plan in printable PDF format.

Officers of the Society

John Anderson
David Fedo
John Anderson (acting)
Assistant Treasurer
Will Tenney
Recording Secretary
Susan Fedo
Corresponding Secretary
Anne Marie Gallagher

Director of Collections
Heather Champigny

Board Members at Large
Martha Reagan
Susan Gerould
Charlotte Scuderi
Jay Stott

Office Manager

Volunteer Coordinator

Chair of Programs and Events Committee
Susan Fedo

Medford Historical Society | 10 Governors Avenue | Medford, Massachusetts | 02155