September 19, 2021 –
Come by and see our table at the Mystic River Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 12-4 PM at the Condon Shell. Test your knowledge of Medford history and learn about volunteer opportunities.
The Changing Voice of the Mystic River
Thursday, October 7, 7:00 PM
Medford Community Media
Presented by historian, Dee Morris
Medford’s serpentine waterway quietly shaped the lives of many diverse people who settled on its banks. Exploring the river’s evolving viewpoint over time offers fresh insight into the historical events that occurred along the shores of the Mystic River. In the early seventeenth century, the Mystic was a sacred resource providing the first peoples of the area, including Wonohaquaham, or Sagamore John, with life-sustaining food. It became a barrier to Belinda Sutton, enslaved by the Royall family, who petitioned the court of Massachusetts for reparations from Isaac Royall’s estate in 1783. Three decades later, Abraham Touro, a wealthy Jewish resident, entertained Governor John Brooks at his riverside property. The exuberant “voice” of the Mystic rang out during the nineteenth-century shipbuilding days when Medford used this tidal watercourse as a gateway to the world. Finally, the modern River served young John Ciardi, an Italian-American poet, as a calming respite from the 1920s bedlam of his South Street home. The Mystic River was, and continues to be, a resilient waterway of our community.
This program is supported 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.
Crossroads in Community: What “Then” Says to Us “Now”
Co-sponsored by the West Medford Community Center, the Medford Historical Society & Museum, and the Royall House and Slave Quarters
All programs presented virtually via Zoom
Join three of Medford’s signature cultural organizations for a powerful series of conversations, explorations, and perspectives on the convergence of neighborhood, race, legacy, equity, social justice, and change. Follow this trio of Zoom presentations over the course of three evenings as we highlight aspects of Medford’s dynamic Black history from colonial times to the current day.
Royall House and Slave Quarters Virtual Tour: A View of the African American Presence in Colonial Medford
Thursday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 PM
To quote Executive Director Kyera Singleton, “The Royall House and Slave Quarters is a museum that seeks not only to get the history of slavery right, but also to function as a site of memory.” This virtual tour and discussion will give viewers an opportunity to look, listen, and learn about an important piece of Medford’s Black history that still resonates today.
Sign up on Eventbrite here.
West Medford, Then and Now: A Roundtable Conversation with Members of the Local Community
Friday, October 29, 7:00-8:30 PM
Long-time West Medfordite Neil Osborne joins a diverse group of residents in an important discussion of the neighborhood’s past, present, and future. The provocative round table conversation hopes to hold a mirror up to the city-wide issues of culture, gentrification, community preservation, social justice, diversity, and the evolution of neighborhoods over time.
Sign up on Eventbrite here.
Pride and Poetry of the Ville: An Evening with Medford’s Poet Laureate and Friends
Friday, November 5, 7:00-8:30 PM
Medford’s inaugural Poet Laureate and local favorite son Terry E. Carter is joined by several artistic comrades and fellow poets in a savory artistic salute to the historic and dynamic community of West Medford. Carter and friends will explore the unique culture, continuity, and challenge of change to this vibrant Medford neighborhood.
Sign up on Eventbrite here.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local commission that is supported by the Mass Cultural Council and the City of Medford.
History Book Group 2021 via Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Medford Historical Society & Museum and the Friends of the Medford Public Library. We will gather via Zoom. Participants must register on Eventbrite in advance and the zoom link will be sent. Books for each session will be available at the Library at the beginning of the previous month. Call the Library at 781-395-7950 to have a copy checked out to you for no-contact pickup or if you need assistance registering.
Theme for Fall 2021: “Lives Lived”
Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 PM
The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art
In this book by Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney, we learn about the achievements of Giorgio Vasari (1511–1574), a sculptor, painter, architect, writer, and scholar, best known for his new genre of artist biography entitled the Lives of the Artists (1550). He championed Florentine artists and set the standards by which the “Renaissance” would be understood as an Italian invention. He was also an accomplished architect and designed the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the “Vasari Corridor” an elevated passageway that connects Palazzo Vecchio with the Palazzo Pitti.
Kyna Hamill is a volunteer with MHSM and is the Director of the Core Curriculum at Boston University and runs a “Core in Florence” program each winter for students.
EVENTBRITE registration here.
Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 PM
The Education of Henry Adams, by Henry Adams
There are many reasons to return to this book over 100 years since its publication. In this autobiography by Henry Adams (1838-1918), we hear a first-hand critique of 19th-century educational theory and practice in America. Adams also has a Medford connection as the grandson of Peter Chardon Brooks (1767-1849), one of the 100 richest men in the country when he died. Brooks lived in Boston but had a summer home in Medford, and is now buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. Henry Adams’ book examines how tradition failed to help him come to terms with the rapid changes of the industrial age. The book is available for us from the library, and it is also a free downloadable book on Kindle or as a link here.
Rich Carle will lead the group, he is an active Medford retiree, avid history book reader, and has been a frequent participant in MHSM/Library Book Groups.
EVENTBRITE Registration here.
Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for supporting MHSM in 2021
“These programs are supported 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.”
The Return of the Moguls, with Dan Kennedy. January 13.
Bald Eagles of the Mystic Lakes, with John Harrison, March 24.
Election 2020, with Robert Turner, April 21.
The Story of Sarah Bradlee Fulton, May 6.