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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September 22, 2023


MHSM will be open to the public on Sundays from 1-4 PM at 10 Governors Avenue.  Look for us at the table for the Mystic River Celebrations in September 2023 and stay tuned for all of our 2023-2024 programming on this page.

Poetry Reading and Fundraiser
Friday, September 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
10 Governors Avenue

Max Heinegg,  poet, singer-songwriter, and recording artist will launch his new book Going There (Lily Poetry Review) at MHSM on 9/29 and read selections from it. Musical guests and friends will also be featured. Medford Brewing Company will generously donate beer for those 21+ in attendance. Donations of $10 to help support the Historical Society are appreciated.  Spaces are limited to 35.  Sign up at Eventbrite here.


Civil War Photojournalism: Selections from the MHSM Civil War Photo Collection.
Speaker: Jay Stott, MHSM Board Member
Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.
Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library

Encounter Medford Historical Society & Museum’s national treasure, our Civil War Photo Collection as never before and hone your history detective skills. Join us to see selected images from the collection through the photographers’ eyes, as they intended it to be seen and experienced.  The photos are a direct witness to the people, places, and events of the American Civil War. Learn about the technical and physical challenges the photographers faced and the choices they made to ply a rapidly evolving craft, then barely twenty years old. Explore some of the hidden stories their photos tell. It promises to be a unique evening not to be missed.
Tickets at Eventbrite here.  Space is limited!
Co-Sponsored by the GAR Hall and the Museum of Lynn

Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for its support in 2022-2023

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.

Murder at the Harvard Medical School, April 2023
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.