Events

Thursday, August 16, 7:00 PM
Poetry on Hops“! Join us for a mini fundraiser and Poetry Night with MHSM and Medford Brewing Company. Enjoy craft beer, poetry by Clint Margrave, Max Heinegg, and Bunkong Tuon and a sneak preview of new work by Two Roads Performance Projects. Entrance by donation.

Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist Series

Exhibit: “Gathering up the Fragments” June 21, 2018-March 31, 2019
Learn how Lydia Maria Child, a Medford-born daughter of a baker, became one of the most important writers and activists in nineteenth-century America. Special focus is given to her portraits and personal items. 

Upcoming:

Saturdays: September 8, October 6, & November 3, 2018, 10:00 AM – Noon
Walking Tour: Lydia Maria Child’s Medford
Meet at Riverside Ave Plaza, between River Street and City Hall Plaza
The tour, led by MHSM Programs Committee member, Nancy White, covers Medford during the period of Lydia’s birth (1802), the people who were influential in her education, religious and social development, and the institutions that were present in Medford Square during the early nineteenth century.  Free and open to the public.

Throughout July and August 2018, MHSM will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 – 4:00 PM.
Additional tours by special arrangement.

Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist are 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.
Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist is also funded by the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund.

Thanks to a grant from Mass Humanities, MHSM will be hosting a Scholar In Residence from September 5-25, 2018.
Professor Steven Epley from Samford University, Birmingham, AB. Professor Epley’s book, Susanna Rowson: Sentimental Prophet of Early American Literature was published in 2016.

Susanna Rowson (1762-1824) was an early American best-selling author, ran a girls school in Medford in 1799 and had many connections in Medford. Join us for two presentations:

Sunday, September 9 at 2 PM (10 Governors Avenue) “Researching Susann Rowson – a roundtable format on researching Medford in the 18th century led by Professor Epley. Co-sponsored by MHSM and Mass Humanities.

Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 PM in the Austin Conference room at Tisch Library at Tufts. “Novels and Sexual Mores: A Medford Scandal in 1799 and Its Connection to America’s First Best-Selling Author.” Learn about the curious case of Joseph and Mary Wyman and their daughter, Susan Wyman of Medford who may have been the subject of Rowson’s last novel, Lucy Temple (published posthumously in 1828). Co-sponsored by Tufts Departments of History and English, MHSM and Mass Humanities.

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