Laborers, Civil War
House Marker Program
Laborers, Civil War
MHSM Civil War Photo Collection

You can now access all our Civil War photos on Digital Commonwealth.

Kids Sketching the Garden
Sketching in the Garden

From the MHSM photo collection. Kids sketching in the garden ca. 1912.

Historic House Markers

Display your pride in Medford's History. Order a historical marking showing the date your house was built. Historic House Marker Program.

Slave Trade Letters

This six-year correspondence between Timothy Fitch, a Medford resident, and a ship captain of Fitch named Peter Gwinn occurred between January, 1759 and October 1765. See the letters with transcriptions.

Pitch, Tar and Tallow

In the nineteenth century, Medford's two main industries included rum-making and ship-building. Read more here.

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May 11, 2023



Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, The Millionaire’s Wife, and The Murder of the Century
Discussion Leader: Barbara Kerr
Wednesday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m., Local History Room a Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library
Register through the Library Calendar here.

When Ann Woodward shot her husband, her life changed forever. Though she claimed she thought he was a prowler, few believed the former showgirl, and no one was more obsessed with the tale than Truman Capote. Capote decided the story of Ann’s turbulent marriage would be the basis of his next masterpiece—never thinking that it would eventually lead to Ann’s suicide and his own scandalous downfall.
Roseanne Montillo, the author, lives outside of Boston, and is a former resident of Medford.

Co-Sponsored by MHSM and the  Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library


“Coming Together” with Frederick Law Olmsted
Speaker Isabel Schulman, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 p.m., Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library
Free. Register on Eventbrite here.

As the nation’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks with purpose- and none more important than for people to be their best selves. To better connect with their health, their spirit, with nature and with each other. Olmsted wrote how time spent in a public park could animate local citizens “with a common purpose, not at all intellectual, competitive with none, disposing to jealousy and spiritual or intellectual pride toward none, each individual adding by his mere presence to the pleasure of all others, all helping to the greater happiness of each,” that we “must come together, and be seen coming together.” Join staff from Olmsted National Historic Site to discuss Olmsted’s lofty goals and how he aimed to achieve them in his public works. We will also look at how some key design ideals and features can be seen in the work of his sons and their predecessors in community planning, public buildings, and private estates.

Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for its support in 2022-2023

These programs are supported 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.

Murder at the Harvard Medical School, April 2023
Black Heritage Trail Virtual Tour, February 2022


Our Medford,” written by Medford teacher Michael Coates is for kids and anyone interested in an illustrated introduction to Medford History.

The book began to be used in the Medford grade 3 classrooms in fall 2016.

Click here to view the book online. Printed copies are available for $20 at MHSM.  All proceeds benefit MHSM’s educational programs.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Medford Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.