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Learn more about accessing information on your house in the lecture on House Histories and Fascinating Finds from January 12. View a video of the lecture here. Need the Handout? Download a copy of the accompanying handout in PDF format here.





Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, The Millionaire’s Wife, and The Murder of the Century
Discussion Leader: Barbara Kerr
Wednesday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m., Local History Room a Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library
Register through the Library Calendar here.

When Ann Woodward shot her husband, her life changed forever. Though she claimed she thought he was a prowler, few believed the former showgirl, and no one was more obsessed with the tale than Truman Capote. Capote decided the story of Ann’s turbulent marriage would be the basis of his next masterpiece—never thinking that it would eventually lead to Ann’s suicide and his own scandalous downfall.
Roseanne Montillo, the author, lives outside of Boston, and is a former resident of Medford.

Co-Sponsored by MHSM and the  Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library


“Coming Together” with Frederick Law Olmsted
Speaker Isabel Schulman, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 p.m., Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library
Free. Register on Eventbrite here.

As the nation’s first landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks with purpose- and none more important than for people to be their best selves. To better connect with their health, their spirit, with nature and with each other. Olmsted wrote how time spent in a public park could animate local citizens “with a common purpose, not at all intellectual, competitive with none, disposing to jealousy and spiritual or intellectual pride toward none, each individual adding by his mere presence to the pleasure of all others, all helping to the greater happiness of each,” that we “must come together, and be seen coming together.” Join staff from Olmsted National Historic Site to discuss Olmsted’s lofty goals and how he aimed to achieve them in his public works. We will also look at how some key design ideals and features can be seen in the work of his sons and their predecessors in community planning, public buildings, and private estates.

Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for supporting MHSM in 2022-23

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Murder at the Harvard Medical School, April 2023
Black Heritage Trail Virtual Tour, February 2022