Interested in walking tours, apps and new media, oral history, public art, community organizing or supporting public history in its many forms and guises? Join like-minded folks at the Mass History Conference; this year, the focus will be on People’s History/Local History. Hosted by the Massachusetts History Alliance, in Worchester, June 4.
Commissioner Ryan D. Hayward, past Chair, who patiently and thoughtfully led the Commission for many years,
I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work in the fields of history and architecture. I was introduced to the topics in the fifth grade while attending Medford Public Schools. I later pursued these academically, graduating from the Boston Architectural College with a degree in Historic Preservation. My professional career began at the Medford Historical Society, Brooks Estate and Royall House and I joined the Commission in 2007 in order to give back to our community. When not preserving our local heritage, I’m out collaborating with homeowners as a self-employed preservation and design consultant. I’ve had he opportunity to work on buildings old and new. It’s rewarding seeing the joy of owners at the end of their renovations. I myself am restoring an 1895 Queen Anne Victorian which has been in our family for 70 years. As I have lived and worked in Medford all my life and know about the past, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our community. Working with the Commission, we will ensure preservation is part of the ongoing change happening every day.
Photo courtesy of the owner.
Commissioner Doug Carr, our acting secretary, was born of mysterious origins and raised by the strict but benevolent hand of the Dorchester Industrial School for Girls. The Commonwealth Museum is currently hosting a fascinating exhibit on the 19th C history, and recent archeology, of that school. For now you have to visit the State Archives and read the plaques on the walls upstairs. Or take a peek at the amazing project website of the Boston City Archeology Lab, here.
The Crying Child Figurine, found in the privy of the Dorchester Industrial School for Girls, photo via the Boston City Archeology Lab.
Many nearby communities use design review to help their neighborhoods benefit from new development (and Medford’s getting plenty of that). If you want to learn more about how to embrace change AND enhance neighborhood character, you are invited to Historic New England’s next workshop. The June workshop, part of a series of “Preservation Strategies that Work,” will focus on Design Review Concepts, Cases and Issues. At the Barnstable Town Hall, June 1.
Your Medford Historical Commission plans to send a member, and if you’d like to join us, drop us a line and tell us why!! Guest will be selected at random.
More details here, but you have to scroll through.