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Wednesday, October 12, 7:00 PM
Lecture: The Brooks Family Art Collection
Join Doug Carr, an architect and student of art and history, as he presents a variety of art works collected by generations of Brooks Family members, whose ranks include the Saltonstalls and the family of John Quincy Adams. The Brooks collection contains works by John Singer Sargent, John LaFarge, Claude Monet, and sculptor Cyrus Dallin, among others.  Over the years some of the pieces have been donated to nearby institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Essex Museum, for the public to enjoy. The talk will also include the story of buildings developed in Chicago by brothers Shepherd and Peter Chardon Brooks, which are among the treasured historic skyscrapers of that city.
Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Medford Public Library.
LOCATION: Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Free. Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 PM
Beverly Almond – An Ageless Adventurer
Anne Hamlin will speak about her mother, Beverly Almond, a young secretary in New York City at the time of Pearl Harbor who returned to England at the height of WWII to work for 2 ½ years at Bletchley Park. This was a top secret center in the English countryside where the German military messages were being intercepted and decoded.
Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Medford Public Library.
LOCATION: Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library, 111 High Street
Free. Sign up on Eventbrite here.

Saturday, November 12, at 6:30 PM, 10 Governors Avenue
History on Hops: Demystifying Medford Myths
In this series of lightning talks combined with socializing and conversation, MHSM’s History on Hops will shine a light on some of the most famous Medford Myths that have circulated for centuries. Learn the truth (and source) of some of the most common mistakes made about Medford’s rich local history. All attending must be age 21 or older.
Beer provided by Medford Brewing Company
Speakers include Dee Morris and Kyna Hamill
Cost $15 (gets you a flight glass and beer)
All proceeds go to support the Medford Historical Society & Museum
Purchase tickets here, or pay in cash the day of the event.  40 spots total.

HISTORY BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, November 16 at 7:00 PM
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
by Erik Larson
Discussion Leader: Barbara Kerr
Local History Room, Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library
One was an architect. The other a serial killer. This is the true story of these two men and their realization of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, and its amazing ‘White City’; one of the wonders of the world. The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force behind the White City, the massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. With a Medford connection! The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with striking blue eyes. He used the attraction of the great fair – and his own devilish charms – to lure scores of young women to their deaths. While Burnham overcame politics, infighting, personality clashes and Chicago’s infamous weather to transform the swamps of Jackson Park into the greatest show on Earth, Holmes built his own edifice just west of the fairground. He called it the World’s Fair Hotel.  Larson’s story of the events of 1893 is a great read.


Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for supporting MHSM in 2021-22

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The Return of the Moguls, with Dan Kennedy. January 13.
Bald Eagles of the Mystic Lakes, with John Harrison, March 24.
Election 2020, with Robert Turner, April 21.
The Story of Sarah Bradlee Fulton, May 6.
Crossroads in Community: What “Then” Says to Us “Now”, October/November
Black Heritage Trail Virtual Tour, February 2022