February 15, 2018

We’d like to say thank you to Allison Andrews, who has stepped down as Office Administrator after five years of service.  Allison’s work on education, cataloging and the Civil War Photo Collection has been extremely important to move the organization forward.  We welcome Cat Coleman and Lani O’Donnell as a collections consultants to help us continue to plan for ongoing and future endeavors.

Thanks to the Medford Arts Council, MHSM received two grants for our “Mapping Medford” project and the Lydia Maria Child exhibit which opens in May/June 2018.

Come by and see our ongoing exhibit: “The Twentieth Century is History” open Sundays 12-4 PM. A special feature is a display of “Ginny Dolls” and doll clothes made in Medford.

Check out the new “Medford Brick by Brick” bike tour, now downloadable as a pdf Medford Bike Tour 2017. Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for their support.

The first batch of photos from the Civil War Collection are now available to see on Digital Commonwealth. More coming soon. For questions about the collection email:, to learn more about the collection click here.


Check out our past newsletters (2006-2018)

Winter 2018 Newsletter: Includes President’s Overview; Jumbo’s Long Journey to Tufts; MHSM Objects Appear in Online Tufts Exhibit; See the Civil War Photographs; Who was James Lord Pierpont?; The Ginny Doll; Medford in the 20th Century; Odds and Ends at the Medford Historical Society & Museum Calendar of Events.

Fall 2017 Newsletter: Includes President’s Overview; Medford Then and Now; Lydia Maria Child Society visit; On Paul Theroux; Victorian Society Award; In memory of Daniel J. Menezes; Nobel Winner, Dr. Eugene F. Fama; on Amelia Earhart; Calendar of Events.

Spring 2017 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview; The Development of a West Medford Neighborhood; Medford’s Sacrifice – a World War I Memorial; Calendar of Events.

Winter 2017 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview; The Architectural Revolution in Chicago; Looking Forward with “Historic Tree”; Celebrating Completion of 10 Governors Avenue Foundation, 1916; Brooks Estate Opportunity; Thank You to our Friends in the Medford Community; “Our Medford” Now in Third Grade Classrooms; Calendar of Events.

Fall 2016 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview; Reprise on the Historic House at 21 Touro Avenue, South Medford; Historical Research Concerning 21 Touro Avenue; Twitter Feed from the Early 1900s; Staging Local, Staying Small; SPECIAL OFFER for NEW Medford Residents; Calendar of Events.

Spring 2016 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview; Medford Ship Fights for the Confederacy!; MHSM Statement on the Peter Tufts House; Events Calendar.

Winter 2016 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview; Upsotting the “One Horse Open Sleigh”: The Blackface Origins of “Jingle Bells”; Events Calendar.

Fall 2015 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Report, Lover’s Rock: Romantic Vandalism in the Middlesex Fells, MHSM Annual Meeting, Medford History Quiz, Events Calendar, Ronald Coddington Speaks in Medford.

Winter 2015 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview; Interview with Mike Bradford; When the Red Sox Held Spring Training in Medford; Savannah-Medford Connections; Our Medford; Spring Events.

Fall 2014 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview; Letters to Medford a Huge Hit; Garden Club Views Lydia Maria Child’s “Floral Souvenir”; Historical Societies Exchange Visits; History, Mystery, and Mythology at the Peter Tufts House; Native American Display.

Summer 2014 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview; Paul Revere in Medford on Patriots’ Day; Lydia Maria Child Scrapbook; A Research Success Story; Events Calendar; MHSM Welcomes New Directors.

Spring 2014 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview; Why is it the Cradock Bridge?; Peter Tufts House Project Day; Annual Fall Gala.

Winter 2014 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview; Scandal and Intrigue! Railroad Line Extension Threatens Medford!; Historical Fells Slides Viewed at St. Botolph Club Again After 120 Years; The Medford Historical Society Garden: A Collaborative Project; A Special Thank You to a Local Professional; MHSM Programs Events.

Fall 2013 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview; A Portrait of Lydia Maria Child, 1826; The Civil War Panels; A Note About Medford’s Post Offices.

Summer 2013 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview; Our Eternal Treasure: The Salem Street Burying Ground; Stepping Into Eternity: A Trio of Programs Co-sponsored by the Medford Public Library; Education Outreach Continues to Reach Out; Hey, Look at This!; The Medford Historical Society: One Hundred Years Ago; The Civil War Photos Collection; Medford’s Unsung Hero of the Siege of Louisburg.

Winter 2013 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview; A Tale of Three Buildings from 1937; A New Look Inside a Long-Ago Medford Shop; Annual Fall Gala.

Summer 2012 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview; Paul Revere, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Tom Convery; Mabray “Doc” Kountze at the Baseball Hall of Fame; “My Interests Were Dedicated to Jingle Bells”; Thoreau Comes to Medford and the Middlesex Fells!; MHS Programs for Fall 2012; Medford 1855 Project Completed.

Spring 2012 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview, Medford’s First MCAS, Middlesex Fells and Early Photography, This Spring at the Royall House & Slave Quarters, Henry David Thoreau Comes to Medford – Again!, MHS Programs Spring 2012 and Beyond.

Winter 2012 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview New Exhibits and New Volunteers, New Medford Neighborhoods Exhibit Features “Medford Hillside”, Medford in the 1860’s.

Fall 2011 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview Building Project Update, New Insights into the Medford Post Office Mural, Volunteer Opportunities, Hiking History in the Middlesex Fells, 100 Years Ago Today — Samuel Crocker Lawrence, Annual History Bike Ride.

Summer 2011 Newsletter. Includes: Presidents’ Overview New People & Projects; City, Volunteers Join forces to Preserve Historic Salem Street Burying Ground; Welcome to the New MHS Board members for 2011-12; Update on Education Outreach; St. Joseph’s School Essay Contest.

Winter 2011 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, The Paper Trail: Discovering your home’s history and how to share it, A Brief History of the Medford Historical Society, So You Think You Know Medford.

Fall 2010 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, A fresh focus on Fundraising at MHS, A History of Shiloh Baptist Church, Remembering John Lonergan (1938-2009), Second Annual Historic Bike Tour.

Summer 2010 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, Valeriani Scholarship Essay Awards Announced, Local Historian Honored at MHS Annual Meeting, Medford Historical Society Programming for 2010-2011, Brooks Estate Restoration, Medford History Links on the Library Web Page, Tom Convery’s Next Book to Benefit MHS.

Spring 2010 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, Medford’s Roimantic Past, Programming Updates, Civil War Photographs Cataloging and Digitization Project An Update, Joseph V. Valeriani Scholarship 2010 Application.

Fall 2009 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, The Story of Medford’s Historic Districts, Elizur Wright and the Middlesex Fells, Lonergan Memorial Fund Established, Historical Bicycle Tour of the Medford Brick Industry.

Summer 2009 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, Medford History via the Internet Archive, In Memory of John Lonergan, MHS Board Welcomes New Faces.

Spring 2009 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, Who is Buried in the Historical Society’s Front Yard?, Member Reception and Annual Meeting, Salem St. Burial Ground, Civil War Exhibit a Success.

Winter 2009 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, Civil War Photo Show to Open, Whole Foods and Boloco Inspired Burritos Support MHS, Appraisal Night Held, Medford High School Graduates 1879, Asked and Answered, Treasurer’s Report

Fall 2008 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, The “Baloon”, Volunteer Opportunities Available, Civil War Photo Project Update

Summer 2008 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, The The Edward Finnegan Collection, A Medford Golf Story, MHS at River Day, The Development of Oak Grove

December 2007 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, The Civil War Archiving Project Moves Forward, Medford Historical Society Presents House Markers, Announcements, South Medford’s 101 Bus Route

Summer Update 2006 Newsletter. Includes: President’s Overview, Putting the House in Order, New Board Members, Upcoming Fall Program

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