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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August 3, 2022

Happy Late Summer! We look forward to opening our doors this fall with new rooms, new paint, and new exhibits.  Stay tuned for the date! Meanwhile, checkout some of our fall programing below, and see more on our events page.

>>Due to supply issues, we need to suspend the House Marker program temporarily. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please send a message via the contact page and we will get in touch when we can give you more information.

Although the main hall is still closed, 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! All back issues of our newsletters can be found here.


Sunday, September 11, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Korean War History at the 90mm Meadow
Fall Walking Tour in the Fells, with guide Kyle McGrath
Co-Hosted with Friends of the Middlesex Fells
Starting from the Medford Technical High School parking lot (489 Winthrop St.), we will take a short hike up to the 90mm meadow, once an anti-aircraft artillery defense site during the Korean War. Learn about the historical context of the site, examine physical ruins to reconstruct the base, and discuss its modern significance to pollinator conservation as a human-made meadow.

Saturday, September 24, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Find our table at the Mystic River Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 12-4 PM.
Condon Shell in Medford, 2501 Mystic Valley Parkway.
We will have a table set up and information on volunteering and programs we will offer in 2022-23.

Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 PM
Lecture: The Brooks Family Art Collection
Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
See more here.

Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for its support in 2021-2022

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
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.