Sad News

The Commission is sad to share the news that our most senior member, Dan Menezes, passed away last week. His Boston Globe obituary is here. The commission – and all of Medford – benefited from his deep knowledge of local history, and his passionate energy for preserving it. We will miss him.

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Hot Property – Peter Tufts House

Wicked Local published a statement from John Anderson, the President of the Medford Historical Society & Museum on the sale of the Peter Tufts House by the Medford Historical Society & Museum.

Although it doesn’t come until late in the piece, he assures everyone that

The Peter Tufts House is NOT THREATENED in any way by this decision. When MHSM purchased the property, the deed included a permanent preservation restriction administered by Historic New England. The property cannot be subdivided or demolished. The entire exterior and many of the interior features are protected by the deed restrictions. HNE requires work to be approved in advance and they inspect the house annually for compliance.

The realtor’s listing is here.  The Medford Historical Society & Museum and the Medford Historical Commission are two separate entities; the former is private and funded by membership and donation, the latter is public and part of Medford’s city government.

But we are all involved in the work of sharing, preserving and protecting Medford’s history as best we can.

Hidden Treasures & Historic Hot Spots

The Medford Historical Commission has been asked to participate in a survey for the Freedom’s Way/National Heritage Area to identify local sites that have the potential to become National Historic Landmark or National Register of Historic Places listings.
We would like to hear which sites you would like to see potentially nominated:
1. Candidates for “buildings, structures, or natural features that represent or stand out in Medford’s history”.
2. Suggestions for Medford’s “Hidden Treasures” that could be celebrated in the future.
Contact us with your suggestions. And please feel free to share with interested parties!