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Until further notice, events will be virtual, on Zoom. Registration through Eventbrite. Any changes will be posted on the website and sent to registrants.

Wednesday, February 9, beginning at 7:00 PM
The Black Heritage Trail – Virtual
Join Shawn P. Quigley, National Park Service Ranger at the Museum of African American History, who will offer a “virtual” walk through the nineteenth-century North Slope of Beacon Hill to the African Meeting House. “Tour” the neighborhood where African Americans built their homes, established busi­nesses, built schools and houses of worship. It was here that they fought for equal rights and school desegregation. The tour will include residences of prominent citizens whose homes were stops on the Underground Railroad. Free.
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History Book Group 2022 via Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Medford Historical Society & Museum (MHSM) and the Friends of the Medford Public Library. Registration links below.  Zoom links are sent to registrants in advance of each group session. Books for each session will be available at the Library at the beginning of the previ­ous month. Call the Library at 781-395-7950 with any questions about reserving a book.

Coming up:
Wednesday, March 16, beginning at 7:00 PM
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey is a look at American history through its most famous ghost stories–examining what people choose to remember, what they choose to forget, and how those narratives have changed over time. (Content warning for descriptions of gender and racial violence)
Molly Dunn is the Information Desk Librarian at the Medford Public Library. She grew up next to an abandoned steel factory, so spooky places make her feel right at home.
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Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 7:00 PM
Valiant Ambition, by Nathaniel Philbrick, led by Elaine Fossett Rittershaus
A New York Times Bestseller, Winner of the George Washington Prize “May be one of the greatest what-if books of the age—a volume that turns one of America’s best-known narratives on its head.”—Boston Globe “Clear and insightful, [Valiant Ambition] consolidates Philbrick’s reputation as one of America’s foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction.”—Wall Street Journal
Led by Elaine Fossett Rittershaus, a Digital Literacy Coach in the Malden Public Schools. She comes from a long line of teachers and Maine mariners, all with a deep love and ap­preciation of history.
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Tuesday, April 12, beginning at 7:00 PM
A virtual visit to Salem, MA with Hannah Diozzi. Let’s take a springtime virtual visit to Salem with Hannah a 20+ year resident of that almost 400-year-old city. There’s a lot to see…. a small collection of 17th century buildings, a larger group of 18th century Georgian residences, and an impressive array of residential, religious, and civic structures from the maritime glory days of the 19th century. She will round it out with some exterior and interior views of America’s oldest museum, the Peabody Essex Museum PEM, as well as scenes of contemporary living amidst the echoes of Salem’s storied past. This is a return speaking engagement for Hannah Diozzi who has presented on a variety of topics of historical interest at MHSM and the Library. She is a former Medford resident.
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Thursday, June 16, beginning 7:00 PM
MHS&M: Book Talk – December ’41 by William Martin
Rising From Disaster: FDR, Churchill, and America after Pearl Harbor
William Martin, “the king of the historical thriller” brings us back to one of the most frightening times in American history with the amazing backstory behind a plot to assassinate FDR and the manhunt to foil the plan. The story sweeps the reader from the back lots of Hollywood to Christmas Eve 1941 when 20,000 people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House to witness the lighting of the Christmas Tree by FDR and his surprise guest, Winston Churchill. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Medford Public Library and the Medford Historical Society & Museum.
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Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for supporting MHSM in 2021

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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.
Crossroads in Community: What “Then” Says to Us “Now”, October/November