April 13, 2021  – HAPPY SPRING!

MHSM is offering virtual programming throughout Spring 2021. See below for more details.  Replies to inquiries may be delayed until the museum re-opens.  


Virtual Author Lectures are all Co-sponsored by the Medford Historical Society & Museum and the Friends of the Medford Public Library. They will be presented on Zoom and you must register on Eventbrite in advance.

Wednesday, April 21, beginning at 7:00 PM
Election 2020 with Writer/Researcher Robert Turner
Robert Turner will focus on the 2020 presidential campaign, from the tactics and strategies of the candidates to the impact of the pressures of the day—the Covid-19 virus, issues of racial justice and unrest, the threat of voter fraud— the integrity of the voting process and the role of the press.  He will also speak about the polls and how/why they got many details wrong.

Turner has been a Research Fellow at UMass Boston since 2007.  Before his present assignment he worked for 42 years at the Boston Globe. During his time at the Globe he was a member of the Globe editorial staff and served as the Op Ed columnist.  He is a BA graduate of Columbia University and holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Register on Eventbrite.
Call 781-866-3155 if you need assistance.

Thursday, May 6,  7:00 PM
The Story of Sarah Bradley Fulton
This multi-media play was written by and features Laura Duggan and was filmed at Medford Community Media. This one-woman performance tells the story of a Medford woman known as “The Mother of the Boston Tea Party.”  Sarah’s many courageous acts during the Revolutionary War include acting as a spy for General Washington. To say thank you, President Washington visited her at her North Medford Farmhouse on August 28, 1789. Medford’s Fulton Street is named in her honor.

Laura Duggan, a local actress and playwright, is the hostess of MCM’s TV show, “Looking Back at Medford History.” 
Register on Eventbrite for “The Story of Sarah Bradley Fulton”.

Friday, May 21, 7:00 PM
MHSM Annual Meeting and Update 2021                         
Learn more about our renovation and re-opening protocols at MHSM and enjoy a talk about the  History of the Medford Public Library with Barbara Kerr, Director, Charlotte and William Bloomberg Public Library

Register on Eventbrite for The MHSM Annual Meeting

 Co-sponsored by the Medford Historical Society & Museum and the Friends of the Medford Public Library. They will be presented on Zoom and you must register on Eventbrite in advance. Books for each session will be available at the Library at the beginning of the previous month. Call the Library at 781-395-7950 to have a copy checked out to you for no-contact pickup or if you need assistance registering.

Wednesday, May 19, 7:00 PM
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
Discussion Leader Elaine Fossett Rittershaus

To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Sarah Vowell investigates what that means-and what it should mean. What she discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe buckles-and-corn reputation might suggest-a highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty people, whose story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance.

Vowell takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where “righteousness” is rhymed with “wilderness,” to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America’s most celebrated voices.

Elaine Fossett Rittershaus is a history buff who teaches K-4 instructional technology in the Malden Public Schools. The descendant of seafarers and librarians, she grew up in a small coastal Maine town in a family of educators, sailors, and fishermen.

Register on Eventbrite for The Wordy Shipmates.

Thanks to the Medford Arts Council for supporting MHSM in 2021:“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.”

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.

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