Meet Your Commissioners-Edward Wiest

Our newest member, Edward Wiest, shares this about his love for Medford, its architecture and its history:

Our family blundered into becoming temporary custodians of Medford’s Edward Oakes House – earliest elements erected c. 1729, moved to current site 1977 – more than 30 years ago.  We’re still there. I am on on the Commission now to continue paying forward the work of Joseph Valeriani, Greg and Maia Henderson, John Hand, Fred Knox and many others who preserved the home in which we have lived so long, and the history of Medford as a whole.

The Oakes House, in what the commisson’s neighborhood surveyors now call “Medford Square South,” with its distinctive roof line – which could be described as both gambrel and saltbox. Photo from MACRIS.

Oakes House MACRIS


MedHC March Mtg Delayed

Apologies for the short notice but . . . tonight’s meeting will be delayed until next week. The March meeting of the Medford Historical Commission will be held at 6:30 on Monday, March 19th.

Due to LAST week’s snow storm (and City Hall being closed), our agenda could not be submitted by the deadline for open meeting requirements. So, we need to postpone our meeting to be in compliance.

Join us! Weather permitting, we’ll be discussing the Historical Society’s plans for a driveway at the Peter Tufts House and a proposed demolition on Logan Street, as well as our budget, our annual report for 2017, our upcoming CPA projects and our ongoing survey project. Full agenda here, as always.

Meet Your Commissioners-Abigail Salerno

Now, a word from the current webmaster of the Medford Historical Commission website, me – Abigail Salerno. I also administer the Commission’s ongoing neighborhood-by-neighborhood survey of historical buildings, landmarks and public spaces.

I recently moved to Medford with my young family and I am interested in neighborhood history, and the similarities and differences in the historical development of Philadelphia and Boston – two beautiful areas that I’ve lived in and loved. I enjoy walking in the Fells and riding my bicycle “over the river and through the woods” on our expanding network of trails.

Below, Annie Londonderry – Boston resident and the first woman to bicycle around the world. Illustration (and more info) from the Jewish Women’s Archive, in Brookline, MA.