We’d like to share a little more about each of us – the members of the Medford Historical Commission – and our interest in Medford history. Look out for biographical updates in the coming year. Commissioner Benjamin Johnson offered this:
I moved to Medford in 2009 being drawn by the historical assets the city has to offer. During the day, I am an archivist at Harvard Business School Special Collections. I enjoy canoeing on the Mystic River, gardening, cooking, and fermenting things.
Photo postcard of “the little stream that feeds Mystic Lake at West Medford” c. 1910 and courtesy of ebay.
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.
This fall the Historical Commission participated in Medford Community Day at Andrews School. Visitors to our table looked at maps of Medford from 1875, 1900, and 1936 to get a general idea of when their house may have been built, which was then visually represented by different color pins in a map of modern Medford.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by to chat, tell us about their houses, and explore Medford’s architectural history and development!
This fall we also bid a fond farewell to long-time commissioner, Claire Dempsey. We thank her for her years of service to the commission – her knowledge of city history and architecture will be missed!