Malden Historical Society
Malden Historical Society
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Our Start

The Malden Historical Society has been active  in Malden since it was founded on March 8, 1886 by a group of twelve Malden residents. The following year, on February 7, 1887, the Society was incorporated as a non-profit with its goal to educate and preserve the history of Malden, MA




The Society has been actively collecting, preserving and cataloging books, papers, photographs, negatives, manufactured goods, postcards and more. The goal is to create a respository of all things Malden. Contact us if you would like to help or have an item you think we might want for our collection.




In Memoriam

Frank F. Russell, Jr.

It is with deep sorrow that the Malden Historical Society mourns the loss of our esteemed colleague, Frank, who passed away on April 29, 2021. A proud native of Malden, Frank's profound affection for our city resonated in all he did.

Frank was a Malden High School alumnus who pursued his passion for history, earning a Bachelor of Arts from U.Mass. (Amherst) and a J.D. from Suffolk University. For over 30 years, he dedicated himself to the Society, serving in various roles including president, treasurer, and director. His contributions were invaluable, notably in his involvement with the Publication and Collections Committees, where his relentless pursuit of forgotten history was legendary.

Frank's enthusiasm extended beyond the Society; he delighted in sharing Malden's stories through lectures and tours, including his renowned cemetery tours. An avid collector, he scoured e-bay for Malden memorabilia, enriching both his personal collection and the Society's archives.

Beyond his historical pursuits, Frank was deeply involved in civic life, practicing law in Malden and serving in key roles within city governance and community organizations.

Frank is survived by his children, Madison and Ned, his mother Denise, and his sister Leanne, along with her family. His legacy of dedication and passion for Malden will forever endure in our hearts and memories.



Join the vibrant and diverse community of history enthusiasts! Dive into local lore, connect with like-minded individuals, and make a difference. Embrace your curiosity and passion for history while making lasting connections.

Ready to embark on this exciting journey? Simply download the application below and take the first step towards enriching your life with engaging experiences and meaningful connections. Along with your application, include a $10.00 check for your annual dues.

Let's uncover the stories of our past together and pave the way for a vibrant future. Join us today!

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What Is New

The 36th Annual Antique Show is almost here. See more details to the right and print the card for a discount

Support Us

We are a non-profit organization and welcome any kind of support. If you would like to help out, please contact us for a list of our most needed items or volunteer opportunities.


Malden Historical Society
36 Salem St
Malden, MA 02148


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