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 23, 2023

We’d like to take a moment to remember our friend and MHSM Board Member, David A. Fedo (1943-2022). He passed away from complications with Parkinson’s disease on December 1st. Among many things, David edited the MHSM newsletter, helped with programs, planning, and led book groups for us. David was faculty at Curry College and Wheelock and always brought a love of books and a curiosity to MHSM that was very much valued. His obituary can be found here.

Those interested in house histories might be interested in the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Collection at the Library of Congress, now digitized.

We are excited to make the Medford Municipal Records Collection now available digitized.

Thanks to Medford Brewing Company for their support of History on Hops.
Their tap room at 30 Harvard Ave, is now open!

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.

MHSM is now open for in person appointments 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.


See the History Book Club Information on our Events page.

House Histories and Fascinating Finds–Couldn’t attend the live lecture on 1/12/23? View a video of the lecture here.  Download a copy of the accompanying handout in PDF format here.

The Massachusetts 54th Regiment
Speaker: Shawn Quigley, Boston African American National Historic Site, National Park Service
Thursday, February 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Virtual – via Zoom (link sent 2/15/23 to registered attendees)

In May 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, one of the first African American regiments to fight for the Union during the Civil War, marched out of Boston. The Regiment was formed immediately following the Emancipation Proclamation. The 54th Regiment changed public opinion about African Americans serving in combat and helped inspire over 180,000 African Americans to enlist in the Union Army.
Join us virtually as we explore the history of this regiment and their critical contributions during the American Civil War and the monument erected and recently restored to honor the regiment. Shawn Quigley has been a park guide for the National Park Service at the Boston African American National Historic Site since 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Suffolk University in 2014 and his master’s in American studies at UMass Boston in 2017. Register on Eventbrite here.

Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for its support in 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.

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.