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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June 1, 2022

Happy Sping! 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.


Thursday, June 16, beginning at 7:00 PM
MHSM: Book Talk – December ’41 by William Martin
Rising From Disaster: FDR, Churchill, and America after Pearl Harbor
William Martin, “the king of the historical thriller” brings us back to one of the most frightening times in American history with the amazing backstory behind a plot to assassinate FDR and the manhunt to foil the plan. The story sweeps the reader from the back lots of Hollywood to Christmas Eve 1941 when 20,000 people gathered on the South Lawn of the White House to witness the lighting of the Christmas Tree by FDR and his surprise guest, Winston Churchill.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Medford Public Library and MHSM.
Sign up to attend virtually on ZOOM here on Eventbrite. You will receive the link the day before the event.
Sign up to attend IN PERSON here on Eventbrite. In person: Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, 111 High Street, Medford.

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

Any changes will be posted on the website and sent to registrants.

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.