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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March 27, 2022

Spring is coming from the Medford Historical Society & Museum. The main hall is getting painted and upgraded!  We look forward to opening our doors this year with new rooms, new paint, and new exhibits.  Stay tuned for the date!

>>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.

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


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.
Sign up here on Eventbrite.

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.

Wednesday, May 18, at 7:00 PM
Valiant Ambition, by Nathaniel Philbrick, led by Elaine Fossett Rittershaus
Sign up here on Eventbrite.

See more on our Events page including information on ZOOM or IN PERSON sign up for the Author talk featuring December ’41 by William Martin. Thursday, June 16, beginning at 7:00 PM

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.