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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November 29, 2022

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

Check out some of our fall programing below, including the History Book Club selection. See our full events page.

Thanks to Medford Brewing Company for their support of History on Hops on 11/12.  Look for their Tap Room in West Medford opening soon.

>>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, December 8, 7:00 PM
Flying Santa
111 High Street, Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library

Brian Tague will present a lecture on the history of the 93-year tradition of Flying Santa, aerial visits to lighthouses and lifesaving stations that have been a New England tradition since 1929. Capt. William Wincapaw of Friendship, Maine – an aviation pioneer – began the flights as a gesture of appreciation to the dedicated lighthouse keepers and their families as well as the crews of the lifesaving stations. Legendary author and historian Edward Rowe Snow carried on the tradition for over four decades. Friends of Flying Santa continues the annual Christmas flights (now done by helicopter) to deliver gifts to the children of USCG families from Maine to Long Island, NY. The presentation will include photos and videos from the past 92 years, including many aerials of the historic lighthouses and boat stations along the coast. Brian has flown on the flights since 1991 as photographer, director, historian and chief toy tester. Co-sponsored by Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library.
Sign up on Eventbrite 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.