October 18, 2020 –

MHSM is offering virtual programming for the fall. See below for more details. 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.  


Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 PM–on ZOOM
WWII Anniversary Lecture “Endgame: A Virtual Remembrance of the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II” with Dr. Joseph McCarthy, WWII Scholar, Professor Emeritus, Suffolk University.
Endgame recounts the last days of WWII including the Allied thrust into Germany from the west, the mountain campaigns in northern Italy and the partisan fighting there, the Russian attack on Berlin, the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, then the submarine campaign against Japanese supply lines, the bombing of Japanese home islands, the Okinawa campaign, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb. This will be a fast-paced, dramatic tour, followed by Q & A with Dr. McCarthy.
Co-sponsored by MHSM and the Friends of the Medford Public Library
Register on Eventbrite.

The Anniversary Lectures 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.

Co-sponsored by MHSM and the Friends of the Medford Public Library.
Please register for each session on the Library Calendar at 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.

Session 1: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 7:00 PM
Led by Kyna Hamill, Director of the Core Curriculum program at BU.
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin, by Jill Lapore (2013)
In this portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister, Lepore examines Jane Franklin; like her brother, she was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and a shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve. Benjamin Franklin wrote more letters to his sister than anyone else though they leave very different historical traces behind. Making use of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits, Lepore illuminates the life of Jane Franklin and the way women’s lives are often lost to history. Kyna Hamill is the reference volunteer at the Medford Historical Society & Museum. Register at

Session 2: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at 7:00 PM
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann Led by Barbara Kerr, Director of the Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library.  Killers of the Flower Moon covers the history of the Osage Indians and is a mystery novel. In 1920 the Osage Indian Nation were an oil-wealthy tribe, seemingly flourishing in Oklahoma. Greed, conspiracies, and murders would lead to their demise. J Edgar Hoover, a young aspiring FBI Director sent in an FBI undercover team led by Texas Ranger named Tom White and including a Native America agent, who followed their way to an unraveling of the series of murders that had long plagued the Osage, elevating J Edgar Hoover and his FBI to national status. Register at


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