Malden Historical Society
Malden Historical Society

Upcoming Events

Find out what events we are currently planning.

All events will be at the Malden Public Library, 36 Salem Street, Malden, MA unless otherwise noted.

Annual Show & Tell

Learn something new from old stuff! At the Malden Historical Society’s March 5 meeting, members of the Society will share treasures from the collection and everyone can bring items to discuss with the group. Do you have a tangible piece of Malden History to share? Want to know more about an item from your attic?  Bring it to the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library (36 Salem Street, Malden) Tuesday March 5 at 7:00 pm and enjoy “Show & Tell” with the Malden Historical Society.  Members are asked to bring something for the refreshment table.

33nd Annual Malden Historical Society Antique Show and Sale

March 9, 2019

10 AM to 3 PM

Anthony's of Malden                                105 Canal Street, Malden

The Society is once again gathering quality dealers from around New England for one of the Boston area's earliest antique shows of the year. With the expanded space at Anthony's, we expect to have many new dealers exhibiting a wide array of items including gold and silver jewelry,  art work, postcards, furniture, lighting, sterling and so much more. The Society will have a table set up with newly published items and some of our historic publications. Anthony's will be having some of their excellent food and beverages available so you can come early and make it a day. There is plenty of free parking in Anthony's lots and it is all within walking distance of the Malden Center MBTA Station if you want to use public transportation.

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Many readers may be familiar with the name of Nanapashemet, who was the leader of the band of Indians who made their home in the area known as Mystic Side before the coming of the English settlers.  Others may be less familiar with his story or that of his successors: his spouse the Squaw Sachem , and their children, Wonohaquaham, Montowampate, and Wenepoykin.   Nanapashemet and other Native Americans from the time of Malden’s English settlement will be the subject of the Malden Historical Society’s upcoming Annual Meeting on Tuesday May 7 at 7:00 pm in the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library by longtime historical society member Mary Hampton.   Learn about the groups and individu-

als who lived in Malden and vicinity—their customs, challenges, interactions with early settlers and other indigenous groups, and more. Before English settlers arrived in the 1620s and 30s, Eastern Massachusetts was home to diverse bands of Native Americans belonging to the Algonquian language group, with some occupying the territory north of the Charles River including what later became Malden.   This is a fascinating and little-explored subject.  As this is our Annual Meeting there will be a business meeting and election of officers and directors for the forthcoming year prior to the program.  Members are asked to bring something for the collation


The Malden Historical Society will offer walking tours of the historic Salem Street Cemetery on Saturday, June 15th at 11 am and at 2pm.  The tour will be led by Frank Russell who has done an enormous amount of research on the cemetery.  Tours will last approximately one hour and will go forward rain or shine.  Salem Street Cemetery was Malden’s second burying ground which first opened in 1832 and was expanded over the years.  Come and discover the history of the cemetery and learn about some of the people buried here as well as the art of the monuments and some of the stone carvers who made them.  The tour is free and open to the public.  Participants should wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Salem Street entrance.

Back Then - Malden in the 1930's and 1940's

Tuesday, October 22

7:00 PM

Ryder Gallery

Malden Public Library


Gust Speaker will be John S. Bowman

John S. Bowman grew up in Malden in the 1930's and 40's. He has recently published a memoir of his boyhood Back Then: One Family's Way of Life in the 1930's and 1940's . Join us as John shares memories of Malden and growing up in the 1930's and 1940's. John graduated from Malden High School in 1949. He has recounted his unusual experience in the Army in another memoir, Pergolesi in the Pentagon . He has spent his career as a freelance editor and writer. Among his many projects as a writer were his 50 years writing guidebooks to Crete and other locales in Greece. He has also gained a minor reputation as a historian of baseball. There will be a limited number of copies of his book available for purchase after the talk  for $12.00. He has a wealth of information on many subjects and should make for an informative talk. As usual a collation will follow.

Annual Holiday Concert

Sunday December 1

2:00 PM

Ryder Gallery

Malden Public Library

Everyone is invited to kick off the holiday season with a free concert and social hour on Sunday December 1 at 2:00 pm at the Malden Public Library.  Join the Friends of the Malden Public Library, the Malden Historical Society, and the Malden Victorian Society, who will jointly sponsor a one-hour holiday concert featuring two different Malden High School choral groups. Following the concert, you’ll find seasonal refreshments and an opportunity to socialize with friends old and new—and perhaps learn more about these all-volunteer organizations. The Malden Historical Society will also be selling books on Malden history and Christmas cards featuring artwork from Malden silhouette artist Doris Burdick (1898-1981). Members are asked to please contribute to the refreshment table.

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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