CURRENT Exhibits

Stearns, Shaw, and the Hallowells, and
Lydia Maria Child: Gathering up the Fragments
EXHIBIT HOURS: Sundays, 12:00 – 4:00 PM or by appointment
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Avenue


The Brink’s Robbery, the Crime of the Century
Thursday, September 19, 1:00 PM
Medford Senior Center, 101 Riverside Avenue
Historian, author, and Medford resident Stephanie Schorow will share the captivating story of a ragtag gang of petty thieves who committed the largest robbery in the United States in January 1950 in Boston’s North End neighborhood. It was nearly the perfect crime. Join us at the Senior Center to learn how the robbery ‘went down’ and the Medford connection.
Jointly sponsored by the Medford Council on Aging, the Medford Public Library, and MHSM

OCTOBER Programs
Hikes Through History
Friday, October 4, 7:00 PM
MHSM 10 Governors Avenue
Author Alison O’Leary, award-winning journalist and contributor to Appalachian Mountain Club publications will share some of her favorite hikes using maps and historic photos. Hiking, she highlights, “is more than a stroll through the woods when you know how the land was used in the past. In Massachusetts, many parks and trails have been carved out of historic sites, whether ancient Native villages, industrial sites, or grand estates.”
The talk and hike in the Fells (below) are jointly sponsored by the Friends of the Fells, the Medford Public Library, and MHSM.

Note: There will be a brief MHSM business meeting prior to the program to vote on the proposed new bylaws for MHSM which were printed in the June 2019 Newsletter.

Fells Hike /History Tour
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:00 AM
Led by Doug Heath and Alison Simcox, Friends of the Fells
Meet at Botume House, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham
Starting from the lovely stone Botume House, built by William Foster in1847, this 1.5 to 2-hour, level path hike will take us to Pickerel Rock, a favorite destination in the 19th and early 20th-centuries. We will stop at the Tudor Barn, once owned by Fanny Foster, hear about other former stone mansions and learn about the important role Spot Pond has played in Boston’s water supply since 1823. Participants are invited to bring lunch to eat together on the Botume House grounds following the hike. The Fells are gorgeous in October.

Poetry on Hops Fundraiser
Friday, October 25, 7:00 PM
MHSM 10 Governors Avenue
Sponsored and Arranged by Poet, and Medford Brewing Company Co-Founder, Max Heinegg. Join us for the third Poetry on Hops, featuring local poets. Refreshments provided at no cost; a contribution towards MHSM is requested at the door. Age 21+.

Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist Series
Exhibit: “Gathering up the Fragments”

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. 

EXHIBIT HOURS: Sundays, 12 noon – 4:00 PM or by appointment
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Avenue.

Lydia Maria Child: Author & Abolitionist  and the “Stearns, Shaw and the Hallowells” exhibits 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.

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