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


Molasses: From the Slave Trade to the Great Flood
      with Anthony Sammarco
Sunday, November 3, 7:00 PM
Medford Senior Center, 101 Riverside Avenue
Massachusetts has an integral connection with molasses and was a part of the Triangle Trade of the 18th-century world economy. Rum from New England was traded in Africa for slaves, who were brought to the West Indies and the Caribbean where they cultivated sugar cane. The sugar cane was later refined into molasses which was shipped to New England and often used in the distillation of rum. This lecture will explore the Isaac Royall family in Medford and the Lawrence Rum Distillery on Ship Avenue (now Riverside Avenue) as Anthony Sammarco traces this history from the 18th-century through the tee-totalism and abolitionist causes of the 19th-century to the Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

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.

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