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Learn more about accessing information on your house in the lecture on House Histories and Fascinating Finds.
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Finding My Medford Roots
Speaker: Patricia Saunders, Local Photographer and Author
Sunday, March 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
MHSM, 10 Governors Avenue

Edward H. Larkin, the 10th Mayor of Medford (1927-1931), was born in Boston, MA in 1877 to Patrick and Isabelle Larkin. While working in Boston as an agent for the Railway Express at South Station, Edward met Mary Agnes Dyer who was born in Medford in 1871 to Patrick and Maria Dyer. The Larkins were Patricia Saunders maternal great grandparents and through her extensive ancestry research she was able to find relatives she never knew she had. Saunders will speak of their journey, how they lived and died, and the hardships they endured.

Patricia Saunders was born in Boston and grew up in Medford.  She was one of the founding members of the formerly known Medford Arts Center, Inc.  She is a local photographer who currently lives in Tewksbury near her children and grandchildren.  Saunders authored Medford, Then and Now (2005) and co-authored Medford Through Time (2016)
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April 2024, Poetry Month 

New England Poetry Club at the Medford Historical Society & Museum
Poets: Max Heinegg, Denise Bergman, Kevin Gallagher, and Scott Ruescher
Thursday, April 4, 2024, 6:30-8:00 p.m., MHSM, 10 Governors Avenue

Join Medford High School English teacher and poet Max Heinegg and three other New England Poetry Club poets for a night of poetry and song. Max will perform some classic poems (from Keats to Frost) that he adapted into song, giving a brief talk about each poem and the way in which a great lyric can be read or sung. Denise Bergman is the author of five poetry books. The Shape of the Keyhole is about a woman falsely accused and hanged for murder. Three Hands None unravels assault and its aftermath. A Woman in Pieces Crossed a Sea dismantles the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty. The Telling unfolds a child refugee’s lifelong secret. Seeing Annie Sullivan explores the early life of Helen Keller’s teacher.
 Kevin Gallagher, a poet, publisher, and political economist living in Greater Boston, will present poems from his recent books And Yet it Moves and The Wild Goose.  Gallagher edits spoKe, a Boston-based annual of poetry and poetics. Scott Ruescher is the author of Waiting for the Light to Change (Prolific Press, 2017) and Above the Fold (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming). His recent poems appear in About Place, Ohio Today, Pangyrus, and the Common Ground, Latin-American Literary, and Naugatuck River reviews.

(Note this is a program change as of 2/22/24)

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Medford Poet Laureates: Past, Present, and Future
Speakers: Terry E. Carter, Vijaya Sundaram, & Max Heinegg, Poets
Thursday, April 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
MHSM, 10 Governors Avenue

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.
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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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Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for supporting MHSM

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