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

 

 

Collections

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.

 

 

 

Welcome to the Malden Historical Society

The Society, founded in 1886, is a non-profit group of men and women dedicated to enjoying and sharing the history and traditions of Malden. We do this through meetings, publications, social events, exhibits, acquisitons and mainting collections of documents and artifacts pertaining to Malden, its people, organizations, businesses, and institutions.

New Events Added

 

Next meeting October 30, 2018

History Professor Christopher Capozzola will give a talk titled " World War I - Malden's contributions to the war effort, and how the war changed America". The talk will be on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in the Maccario Room if the Malden Public Library at 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to the public.

First Meeting of the 2018-2019 Season

Early Almshouses and the Malden Poor Farm

 

 

The Malden Historical Society invites everyone to an October 2 talk by Society board member and Malden history maven Barbara Tolstrup, who will present “Early Almshouses and the Malden Poor Farm” In the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library at 7 pm. Like other early New England towns, Malden employed a variety of means through the years to assist its less fortunate residents who lacked family support. One approach emerging in the eighteenth century was the almshouse, sometimes called the “poor house.” By 1870, Malden operated three almshouses. But following the separation of the South District (now Everett), Malden needed to build a new almshouse. The Malden Poor Farm, built in 1871 on upper Forest Street, served Malden’s poor for many years, transitioning to a nursing home in 1955. Known as McFadden Manor, the nursing home closed its doors nearly a decade ago. Today the site is occupied by Forestdale Park, a new senior residence focused on assisted living and memory care.

 

Author Frank Russell Will Discuss & Sign Copies of His New Book on Malden's Early History

Maldonians who have always wanted to know more about their city’s past may be interested to learn that longtime local history buff Frank Russell has written a new book, An Early History of Malden, published by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press. The Malden Historical Society invites the public to attend a book talk and signing on Tuesday June 19 at 7:00 pm in the Ryder Gallery of the Malden Public Library.  Russell will speak briefly about how he came to write the book and what he discovered along the way; he will also answer questions from the audience and sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale (check or cash).

The culmination of Russell’s 25-year research journey, this compact and readable book brings to life the first 250 years of Malden’s history from the beginnings of European settlement in the 1630s to roughly 1900.  It is the first local history to cover the nineteenth century, including such notable events as the first bank robbery murder in the United States. Readers will also learn about Malden’s abolitionists and the town’s role in the Underground Railroad. Russell has generously donated the copyright and all proceeds to the Malden Historical Society.

Two new pages added!

 

If you hadn't noticed, in the list at the top left , we have added two new pages one for our quarterly newsletter and the other our new online store. The first issue has been posted on the newslatter page. Oe list at the top left , we have added two new pages one for our quarterly newsletter and tur storen is live and will allow you to buy the Society's publications with the security of your credit card. Take a look and let us know what you think.

JOIN TODAY

If you like what you see and would like to help us with reach our goals or just meet people and learn about local history, download the application below and mail it to us with a $10.00 cheeck for your annual dues.

 

 

Membership Application
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What Is New

The Society has just signed a contract to particpate in the publication of a new book on the history of Malden. Watch here for more details.

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

 

Phone: +1 781 3389365+1 781 338-9365

Email: info@maldenhistoricalsociety.org

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