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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November 21, 2021

The latest MHSM Newsletter should have arrived. All back issues of our newsletters can be found here.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Medford Historical Society & Museum. In 1844, “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day“, often called “Over the River and Through the Wood” would be published in Flowers for Children volume II by Lydia Maria Child. The poem was written for children ages 4-6 years old, as were all the stories in the book. She never changed the verses herself, but the poem would be put to music in later years.  Although it is assumed this poem is based on her real life, there are no documents to confirm this. Shall we assume the story before the poem of the talking “The Saucy Little Squirrel” is biographical too?

Although the main hall is still closed for renovation, MHSM is now open for in person appoints for research only on Sundays between 12-4 PM. Please go to our contacts page to get in touch with us. Please give us at least a week in advance for request of appointments.Have you checked out all our Books and Resources page? Many of your questions can be answered by our ever-growing digitized resources located there!

Check out the new brochure for the house marker program HERE. You can see examples of house markers all over Medford.


Wednesday, December 8, 7:00 PM
Anthony Sammarco will speak on his new book
The Other Thin Line: Washington Street, From Scollay Square to the Combat Zone
The Other Red Line is a fascinating glimpse into the adult entertainment districts of twentieth-century Boston.
Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Charlotte and William Medford Public Library.
Virtual on Zoom.  Sign up here on Eventbrite to receive the link a day before the event.

Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for its support in 2021

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.

The Return of the Moguls/Dan Kennedy. January 13
Bald Eagles of Mystic Lakes/John Harrison, March 24
Election 2020/Robert Turner, April 21
The Story of Sarah Bradlee Fulton/Laura Duggan, May 6
Crossroads in Community: What “Then” Says to Us “Now”, October/November


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.