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.

Historical Relics

October 4, 2016 at 7 PM                                                                                                                  Free Admission


At our opening meeting of the season, join the members of the Society as they host an illustrated presentation of some the houses, locations and items from Malden's earliest times that still exist and you probably pass every day without being aware of them. Barbara Tolstrup, with the assistance of Mary Hampton, will be giving a talk on these relics from our past. Come and you may be amazed at what you are living amongst. Refreashments will be served after the meeting.



Annual Holiday Concert

December 4, 2016 at 2:30 PM                                                                     Free Admission



In cooperation with the Victorian Society of Malden and the Friends of the Malden Public Library, the Historical Society will host another in a long series of Holiday Concerts at 2 PM on the first Sunday in December. Take a break from the all the shopping and decorating and relax amongst the beauty of the Library's Maccario Room and enjoy the music. This year's concert will feature the Emanuel Baptist Church Gospel Choir and thei Cherubim Choir. There will be refreshments following the songs.


Annual Show & Tell Meeting

March 7, 2017                                                                                              Free Admission


This meeting is your chance to see some of the recent acquistions the Society has made over the past year and also bring some Malden items from your own collection to show the people in attendance. If you have something related to Malden's history this may be a good time donate so that it can be preserved for the future. This is always one of the favorite meetings of the year. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

31st Annual Antique Show and Sale

March 11, 2017                           10 AM to 3 PM


The Society will once again host one of the first of the year Antique Shows in the metro Boston area. More then 20 dealers from all over New England will be setting up in the first floor ballroom at Anthony's of Malden at 105 Canal Street, Malden. They will be bringing first quality glass, china, silver, jewelry, paintings, paper goods and furniture for your viewing. This modern facility has all dealers on one level with ample free parking in two large lots plus it is just a short walk from the Malden Center MBTA station.

Dealer inquiries can be made to Anthony Dickinson at 781-338-9365 or

Malden Nailworkers Stand Trial for Murdering an Indian; Equal Rights During the War of 1812

April 4, 2017 at 7 PM

The Society, along with Freedom's Way Historical Association, is proud to present Richard D. Brown, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History, Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He will be giving a talk on one of the earliest cases establishing equal treatment under the law in our country. He will walk us through the trial of two Malden men accused of murdering a Native American. Dr. Brown's distinguished career has included time as a Fulbright lecturer in France and at Oberlin College.

Here is an article from the time from the Society's collection. Come and learn more about one of the earliest cases to help establish civil rights in our country.

Annual Meeting & Special Premier

May 2, 2017  at 7 PM                                                                                   Free Admission


Along with the annual meeting the Society will present, in cooperation with the Freedom's Way, a skit entitled "Malden-Steps Along the Road to Reveolution". It will portray six Malden citizens of the time telling their stories of their life during the Revoluntion. Refreshments will be served.

Tours of the Converse Memorial Buiding

May 20, 2017 at 11 AM & 2 PM                                                                    Free Admission

The magnificent Converse Memorial Building of the Malden Public Library will be the focus of art and architecture tours of the building hosted by the Historical Society in conjuction with the Public Library. The tours are the Society's contribution to the Freedom's Way Hetitage Association's annual Hidden Treasures program. The tours will begin at 11 am and 2 pm and will last approximately one hour.


The Converse Memorial Building was erected in 1885 by Elisha and Mary Diana Converse as a memorial to their son, Frank Eugene, who was slain in December, 1863, at his post at the First National Bank of Malden in what was the first bank robbery murder. The building was designed in a Romanesque manner by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson on a site selected by Frederick Law Olmstead.


Space is limited so it is best to reserve your space on a particular tour by emailing us with the names of those who will attend and which tour you will be attending. Emails should be sent to

Harriet Hansen Robinson Writes Herself Into New Womanhood

October 10, 2017                                                                                         Free Admission


The Society will present a talk by Professor Claudia Bushman on one of Malden's preeminent suffagists and reformers, Harriet Hanson Robinson . Dr. Bushman is considered an expert on Ms. Robinson. Ms. Robinson, an author in her own right, was responsible for organizing a woman's suffrage convention in Malden in 1875. Dr. Bushman will be available to sign her newest book on Ms. Robinson after the talk. Check out the Summer 2017 newsletter for more details. Newsletter



                                            NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION

Special Meeting with the Medford Historical Society

Wednesday November 8, 2017                                          6:30 pm, Medford Public Library

                                                                                                         111 High St., Medford


                                       The Malden- Medford Football Rivalry

As the 130th meeting of these two teams approachs, the historical society's from the teams will meet to explore the history of one of the oldest footbal rivalries in America. This is one not to be missed.

Annual Holiday Concert

December 3, 2017  at 2 PM                                                                          Free Admission


Once again the Society, along with thei Friends of the Malden Public Library and the Victorian Society of Malden, will host an afternoon filled with music among the fabulous art in the Ryder Gallery of the Malden Public Library. Refresments will be served after the concert.

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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