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.




Exciting news! Malden Historical Society introduces a new text communication channel for quicker interactions. Reach us at 617-863-6038 for inquiries, updates, and more. Enhancing accessibility and engagement for our community.

In Memoriam

Joseph Cesario, Jr.

It is with profound sadness that the Society announces the death of one of our Board of Directors, Joseph Cesario.
Joe loved singing and made it a large part of his life. He was the Choir Director at St. Peter’s Church in Malden and cantor at St. John’s Ukranian Catholic Church in Salem. He sang in a number of choruses in Brookline, Melrose and Malden including the Bicentennial Powderhorn Choir and the annual Christmas Festival at the First Baptist Church in Malden. He also had a number of memorable operatic performances.

He was a member of the Malden Historical Commission and the Malden Historical Society, co-chairing over 30 annual antique shows from its inception. An avid antiquer and collector, he was partner in GianniSeppe Antiques for over 50 years. He and John gave frequent talks to many groups and clubs. The attendees always had an educational and entertaining experience, with profound materials presented in a memorable, casual, bantering manner.

Always outgoing and willing to help where needed, he worked with the Historical Society preparing special exhibitions culminating in his own show of Russian icons (Mother Russia).

He loved to travel, taking annual trips to Italy and Aruba with his family, trips to visit his brother in Tennessee, and other trips to Hawaii and Canada with John.

Thanks to all the wonderful people who helped during his last illness. All the medical personnel made his final days comfortable. Joe was able to “listen” to Verdi’s opera Aidi when he passed.

His was a life well lived and enjoyed. Say a prayer and then celebrate – Joe would want you to.


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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.

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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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