Here’s a link to the Medford Community Preservation Committee’s brand-new Community Preservation Plan. It’s a fascinating read whether or not you can make the next meeting – on Monday, Nov 27, 7-9 PM, at the South Medford Fire House.
If you or a group you know is working on a CPC application that is related to historic preservation here in Medford, and you’d like support from the Historical Commission, drop us a line. We’re busy brainstorming and drafting applications right now too!
Before it gets too cold to hike . . . check out “The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells” by Douglas L. Heath and Alison C. Simcox, and take a walk in the woods to reflect on the intimate relationships of nature and technology – the dramatic landscape of the Fells and the early and contentious history of its hydro-power.
Pamela Cooper, a local genealogist, recently wrote to us with a recommendation for online research that she’d like to share.
I was always very curious about my family tree, particularly my dad’s side of the family, who I really didn’t know. Information like this is often freely available, but you have to go from website to website to accumulate all of that information. I found it a tedious process!
But then I found www.FreeAncestrySearch.org and it was like a dream come true. Suddenly there was one resource that could connect me to all of the various government offices and could help me dig up information about my father’s family. I found it pretty easy to find what I needed and I didn’t have to pay anything. I figured it could help visitors to your site if you added it as a resource.
Just thought I’d share!
It looks like a good tool for family research in the US and we’ve added it to our Links & References page. We’re always interested to know what research tools and tricks you’ve used lately – for researching family, architecture, local history and beyond.
Drop us a line!
If you love this local architectural gem and natural area, you might want to serve as our Brooks Estate Land Trust representative and liaison. Details are here.
The Historical Commission is also looking for a regular member now too.
(Updated November 2017: This search is closed. We have appointed a new commissioner – welcome Edward Wiest! – and our commission is fully staffed at present. However, we are always looking for alternates. Please be in touch if you’d like learn more about that.)
The Medford Historical Commission seeks letters of interest from qualified individuals within the Medford community to serve on our board. Together with the Medford Historic District Commission, we share the common goals of preserving and protecting the City’s historic character and heritage.
The Medford Historical Commission was established under Section 8d of Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws and Chapter 48 of the Medford Municipal Ordinances. The Commission is the official City body charged with the identification of properties and sites in the City of historical significance and is the principal advisor to the City on matters relating to historic preservation. The Commission is further charged with reviewing all requests for demolition of buildings 75 years or older, or are listed on the National and Massachusetts Registers of Historic Places, in accordance with the City’s demolition delay ordinance.
Applicants should have interest, knowledge and experience in any fields related to historic preservation, law, archaeology, architectural history and/or Medford history. Interested applicants may contact the Commission for further information. Please include your name and contact information, as well as any supporting material. Candidates may be contacted by the commission for an interview. The commission shall then present a list of nominees to the Mayor for final selection and appointment. Those selected to serve on the board generally serve three years.
Please submit letters & materials to:
Ryan D. Hayward
Email (preferred): Rhayw12345@aol.com
Medford Historical Commission
Ryan D. Hayward, Chairman
c/o Office of Planning and Community Development
Medford City Hall
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155
And we’re still looking for a Brooks Estate Rep/Liaison, if that’s where your heart lies . . .
Boston’s celebrity chef Christopher Kimball sings the praises of one of Medford’s famous local ladies – Fannie Farmer – with WGBH.
We’ll all be learning more about the CPA and Medford’s new Community Preservation Commission in the coming months. But the big takeaway from the orientation given by the state-wide Community Preservation Coalition to Medford city commissioners and staff?
Right here in pdf form, or below.
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.
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.