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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January 14, 2022

Happy New Year from the Medford Historical Society & Museum. We look forward to opening our doors this year with new rooms, new paint, and new exhibits.  Stay tuned for the date!

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! 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.

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


Wednesday, February 9, 7:00 PM
The Black Heritage Trail – Virtual
Join Shawn P. Quigley, National Park Service Ranger at the Museum of African American History, who will offer a “virtual” walk through the nineteenth-century North Slope of Beacon Hill to the African Meeting House. “Tour” the neighborhood where African Americans built their homes, established busi­nesses, built schools and houses of worship. It was here that they fought for equal rights and school desegregation. The tour will include residences of prominent citizens whose homes were stops on the Underground Railroad. Free.
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.

Coming up:
Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 PM
Ghostland, by Colin Dickey, led by Librarian Molly Dunn
Sign up here on Eventbrite.

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.

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.