July New Business

The Historical Commission received applications for demolition permits on houses at 137 Damon Road and 77 Cotting Street.

At the August meeting, the commission will determine the historical significance of these houses and, if the houses are found historically significant, there will then be a public meeting in September where a demolition delay may be imposed. At this public meeting, neighbors will get the chance to meet with the owner and discuss their concerns about the property.

The Historical Commission also received an application for demolition for the commercial buildings at 368, 370, 372 and 374 Main Street. That building is home to Bocelli’s restaurant, previously DePascuale Bros., and supposedly the first restaurant in the region, outside of Boston’s North End, to serve pizza!  The building now also houses the Backstreet Salon and Jason Anthony Formal Wear.

The process is the same for commercial buildings.

 

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June New Business

Although no new applications for demolition were accepted at the June meeting of the Medford Historical Commission, we anticipate demolition applications for properties in the Hillside neighborhood in the near future.

Hyper-local Histories at the MPL

This summer, our local historian, Dee Morris will offer a walking tour to introduce you to Medford’s famous Hallowell family; brothers Norwood and Edward Hallowell were Civil War officers and their families enjoyed the good life, 19th century style, on lower Mystic Street. The first of these walking tours is Saturday, June 16, at 10 AM. More info here.

And, if you’d like to learn how to research your own family history, the Medford Public Library is hosting a weekly series of workshops, starting this Thursday, June 7, at 7 PM. More details via the library’s Events page, or on this flyer.

What is Design Review anyway?

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. 

Fells & Mystic Surveys

Ah, signs of spring! Crocuses! Bird song! User surveys about our favorite natural and historical landscapes! In the first, the Friends of the Fells partnered with the Tufts Environmental Studies Program to learn more about how we use the Middlesex Fells today – Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation Survey. 

View_of_the_bridge_over_mystic_riverIn the second, another collaboration with Tufts, the Mystic River Watershed Association wants to know not just how we enjoy the nearby Mystic Greenways, but also how we get there. There’s even an interactive map where we can add the trafficky trouble spots in the area – Mystic River Greenways Survey

Image of the Mystic River c. 1790 via the Library of Congress. 

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 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.

Medford’s History Happy Hour

The Medford Historical Society is hosting a History Happy Hour 2.0

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This Friday evening, March 2, at 6:30 PM at the Historical Society on Governors Ave. The event promises to share a brief history of 20th C Medford “in five events – a mural, a map, a highway, a fire and a Bicentennial.” Beverages from the Medford Brewing Co. will be available.

Find details, and RSVP on Facebook.

Image via DigBoston.

Join Medford’s Cemetery Board

Support Medford’s historic cemeteries and serve on the city’s Cemetery Board of Trustees. The mayor is looking for new board members, more info via the Transcript.

Medford’s two remaining cemeteries – the Oak Grove Cemetery and the Salem Street Burying Ground – offer contemporary Medford residents insight into our “civic ancestors,” as local historian and cemetery trustee Dee Morris (pictured below) puts it. Salem Street holds colonial families in the heart of Medford Square, while Oak Grove owes its rugged beauty to the Victorian “garden cemetery” movement that inspired the Mt. Auburn and Forest Hills cemeteries. Both of Medford’s cemeteries provide all of us – families visiting graves, history buffs, genealogists, nature lovers, neighbors, and visitors seeking quiet recreation – with beautiful spaces of contemplation.

Oak Grove

Dee Morris and “Charity,” photo via WBUR.