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.
The Malden Historical Society is saddened to announce the passing of our longtime colleague on April 29, 2021. Frank was a native Maldonian whose love for this city was always evident.
Frank graduated from Malden High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at U.Mass. (Amherst) and a J.D. from Suffolk University.
Frank was a member of the Society for over 30 years serving in several capacities – president, treasurer, director. During his tenure he served on most of the Society Committees especially the Publication Committee and Collections Committee. He was most happy when discovering bits of history long forgotten. His indomitable perseverance and knack for doing research was legendary. This was exemplified in his latest history of Malden, as well as in Society “Register” publications, Malden Images, Malden Postcards, a Maplewood history, property research done for the Malden Historical Commission and his articles in the Newsletter of the Society (Sandy Bank Sentinel).
Frank enjoyed giving lectures and tours about Malden; his cemetery tours were always a highlight of the year. Frank was an avid viewer of e-bay always looking for Malden items for his own collection and that of the Society. He always found something interesting to bring and discuss at the yearly “Show and Tell” meeting.
Besides being a historian Frank was very active in the city. He had a law practice in Malden for many years and served in the City Solicitor offices of both Malden and Somerville. He served on the Mayor’s Housing Task Force (Malden) and on the Board of Directors of the Monsignor Neagle Apartments and the Malden Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by his children, Madison and Ned; his mother Denise; and sister Leanne and her family.
Historical Society member and Malden resident Frank Russell Has Authored A 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. Copies can be purcahsed at the Library or go to our Store by clicking on the link on the upper left of this page.
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.
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Malden Historical Society
36 Salem St
Malden, MA 02148
Phone: +1 781 3389365+1 781 338-9365