Malden Historical Society
Malden Historical Society

*Note the new date for the Antique Show on the upcoming events page.*

Seal of the City of Malden, MA

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.




                          Article of the Month

                      Hand Painted Plate 1917          

A hand painted plate listing the officers of the Malden Chapter No.99 OES (1917) Order of the Eastern Star. The painter was most likely Anna E. Lewis whose signature appears on the lower right.
This is an example of a home painted plate where the white blank porcelain was purchased and then decorated "at home". This blank was made by the Austrian firm M&Z.  The plate was donated by a woman who said it was taken from a vacated home in Northborough, MA about 12 years ago. We are happy to have it back home in Malden. The Society will gladly consider doantions of Malden related items no matter how small. Send us an email and let us know what you have. We will be glad to help preserve your family's name and their part of the history in Malden.

    First Fall Meeting & Program       October 3, 2023 at 7 PM

In Memoriam

Frank F. Russell, Jr.

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.




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.



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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.

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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.


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Malden, MA 02148


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