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Learn more about accessing information on your house in the lecture on House Histories and Fascinating Finds.
View a video of the lecture here. Need the Handout? Download a copy of the accompanying handout in PDF format here.



Note: unless noted, all programs are free.
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April 2024, Poetry Month 

Medford Poet Laureates: Past, Present & Future
Poets: Terry E. Carter, Vijaya Sundaram, & Max Heinegg
Thursday, April 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Ave.

Join Medford Poet Laureates — past, present, and future — for a night of poetry in celebration of national poetry month. Come and hear past poet laureate Terry E. Carter, current poet laureate Vijaya Sundaram, and poet laureate elect Max Heinegg as they read from their new books.
Sign up on Eventbrite here. Limited seats in the MHSM hall.


Meet “Kaiser” the WWI Carrier Pigeon!
Speakers: Sunday MHSM Volunteers
Sunday, May 5, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Medford Historical Society & Museum, 10 Governors Ave.

Join us on this special Sunday afternoon MHSM program for kids and families to see and learn about the museum’s taxidermied carrier pigeon, “Kaiser.” The program will share information about carrier pigeons—how they were trained, how they carried information, and how they were an important part of the communication internet in the past. “Kaiser” served in WWI and eventually found its way to Medford, where he became a local celebrity. The program will be specially designed for children and families. The information will be geared toward a young audience from preschool through elementary school (plus any others who are interested!). It will include a craft project with craft paper and supplies that lets kids make their own paper carrier pigeon with flappable wings and attach a handwritten message for their bird to carry. Snacks and bird-shaped cookies will be provided. The event is free, and open to the public!


The Murder Trial of Sacco and Vanzetti: Inciting Passions a Century Later
Speaker: Hon. Dennis J. Curran, Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court (Ret.)

Thursday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m.
Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library
Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Medford Public Library

On April 15, 1920, a robbery and double murder in South Braintree, Massachusetts, led to the arrest of two Italian anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. They were tried and convicted at Dedham Superior Court in 1921. No one could have foreseen that this local criminal case would become an international affair. Arguably the most famous trial in the 20th century, this murder trial propelled two Italian immigrant anarchists into the international media spotlight. It divided a nation in the 1920’s, and has continued to arouse deep emotions, giving rise to enormous literature.
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The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union
Speaker: Stephen Puleo, Author and Historian
Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m.
Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library
Co-Sponsored by Friends of the Medford Public Library

Historian Stephen Puleo will discuss his new book and relate the story of one of the most influential non-presidents in American history. In the tempestuous mid-19th century, as slavery consumed Congressional debate and America careened toward civil war and split apart–when the very future of the nation hung in the balance–Charles Sumner’s voice rang strongest, bravest, and most unwavering. Where others preached compromise and moderation, he denounced slavery’s evils to all who would listen and demanded that it be wiped out of existence. More than any other person of his era, he blazed the trail on the country’s long, uneven, and ongoing journey toward realizing its full promise to become a more perfect union.

Before and during the Civil War, at great personal sacrifice, Sumner was the conscience of the North and the most influential politician fighting for abolition. Throughout Reconstruction, no one championed the rights of emancipated people more than he did. Through the force of his words and his will, he moved America toward the twin goals of abolitionism and equal rights, which he fought for literally until the day he died. He laid the cornerstone arguments that civil rights advocates would build upon over the next century as the country strove to achieve equality among the races.
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Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for supporting MHSM

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