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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October 12, 2021

The latest MHSM Newsletter is on its way!  Check your mailboxes soon. All back issues of our newsletters can be found here.

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 seen the bright new colors of the MHSM Building at 10 Governors Avenue?

Wait! 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!

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


Crossroads in Community: What “Then” Says to Us “Now”

Co-sponsored by the West Medford Community Center, the Medford Historical Society & Museum, and the Royall House and Slave Quarters

Royall House and Slave Quarters Virtual Tour: A View of the African American Presence in Colonial Medford
Thursday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 PM

West Medford, Then and Now: A Roundtable Conversation with Members of the Local Community
Friday, October 29, 7:00-8:30 PM

Pride and Poetry of the Ville: An Evening with Medford’s Poet Laureate and Friends
Friday, November 5, 7:00-8:30 PM

Join three of Medford’s signature cultural organizations for a powerful series of conversations, explorations, and perspectives on the convergence of neighborhood, race, legacy, equity, social justice, and change. Follow this trio of Zoom presentations over the course of three evenings as we highlight aspects of Medford’s dynamic Black history from colonial times to the current day.
All programs presented virtually via Zoom.
Find out more and sign up for the programs on our EVENTS page.

History Book Group 2021 via Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Medford Historical Society & Museum and the Friends of the Medford Public Library. We will gather via Zoom. Participants must register on Eventbrite in advance and the zoom link will be sent. Books for each session will be available at the Library at the beginning of the previous month. Call the Library at 781-395-7950 to have a copy checked out to you for no-contact pickup or if you need assistance registering.

Theme for Fall 2021: “Lives Lived”
See further details on our Events page

Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 PM
The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art by Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney
Published in 2017
EVENTBRITE Registration

Wednesday, November 17, 7:00 PM
The Education of Henry Adams, by Henry Adams
Published in 1918
EVENTBRITE Registration

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.


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.