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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 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.
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.
The Medford Historical Society is hosting a History Happy Hour 2.0
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.
Image via DigBoston.
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.
Dee Morris and “Charity,” photo via WBUR.
The 2018 meeting dates for the Medford Historical Commission are below, and have been posted on our homepage.
And feel free to drop by anytime, including this coming Monday, Feb 12 at 7 PM in Room 201, City Hall.
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.