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.




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


The 2017 - 2018 season of the Malden Historical Society is beginning on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 PM. This year Board member, Barbara Tolstrup, will be giving an illustrated presentation entitled "Historic Relics". She has developed a fascinating program that will enlighten you on some of these "relics" that can still be found in and around Malden. The program will feature these relics and relate their current prescence to their previous use. If you know the location of some of these "oprhans of history" you will have time after the presentation to share them with the rest of us.



Details have been added to the Upcoming Events  page including date and time.

New Exhibit


Lasting Impressions of Japan: Hokusai & Hiroshige and Beyond


Opening at the Malden Public Library, in collaboration with the Malden Historical Society. The exhibition will run through March 23. The Opening Reception and Gallery Talk will be held on Tuesday, January 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will feature ukiyo-e prints by the Japanese artists Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi. This will be the first exhibition of these historic prints, purchased by the library in 1912, in over one-hundred years. The exhibition also includes stunning examples of Japanese traditional dress and ceramic art, including formal, semi-formal, and casual kimono, haori jackets from the collections of the Malden Historical Society. The woodblock ukiyo-e prints show images of everyday Japan and were mass-produced for popular consumption in the Edo period (1615-1868). Brought to Europe and America, these prints influenced many Western artists, including Monet and Van Gogh; as well as the creators of our popular manga and anime series. Among the treasured prints exhibited are works by Katsushika Hokusai, best known for his work “Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa” or “The Great Wave” from his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Malden Public Library and the Malden Historical Society. Exhibition hours are: Mondays 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. For more information or group tours call 781-324-0218.


Clicck on the link below to see our other upcoming events.



Lasting Impressions of Japan: Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging


On February 12, 2018 at 6 p.m., enjoy a demonstration of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) of the Sogetsu School,
Tokyo (founded 1926) taught by Rita DeLollis. Ikebana is an art form in which the arrangement is a living thing, where
nature and humanity are brought together. DeLollis has studied the method in the U.S. and Japan. She successfully
completed her studies and is now qualified to teach Ikebana. The program is free to the public. Light refreshments will be
served. The event will be followed by a tour of the exhibition: Japanese Impressions: Hokusai & Hiroshige and Beyond

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.


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.

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


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