Malden Historical Society
Malden Historical Society

Upcoming Events

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


Annual Show & Tell                                                                                      Free Admission

March 6, 2018


Join us for one of the most popular events of the year. Our Curator, John Tramondozzi, will be exhibiting some of the interesting items for the Society's collection plus those in attendance will be given a chance to show some of local items from thei private collections or bring an historic item on which they would like additional information. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

32nd Annual Malden Historical Society Antique Show and Sale

March 10, 2018

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.

Print a copy of this card and receive $1.00 off the regular $5.00 admission. On Windows right click, pick view image and then print it.

Publication Event!

Discussion & Book Signing                                                                           Free Admission

Tuesdat, June 19 at 7 PM                                  Ryder Gallery at the Malden Public Library



The Society invites members and the public to a program by the author of a new book on the first 250 years of Malden's history. Frank Russell has written the book to cover the period from the earliest European settlement in the 1630's to about 1900. It is the first book to cover the 19th century will Malden changed to a thriving city. Anyone interested in Malden's development should add this to their library. Mr. Russell has donated the copyright and all proceeds to the Malden Historical Society.

Free Exhibit



The Malden Historical Society, in conjunction with the Malden Public Library, presents “Mother Russia: An Exhibition of Icons and Artifacts from Czarist Russia,” on view in the Library’s lower gallery August 14 through September 21.  The exhibit will feature some 70 pieces from a private collection, including painted icons, brass and bronze icons, and other small religious and secular items dating from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The public is invited to an opening reception at 6:00 pm on Tuesday August 14. The evening will feature remarks by Malden Historical Society member Joseph Cesario, who will discuss Russian icons and their uses and introduce some of the exhibited pieces. Light refreshments will be served.  The Malden Public Library is located at 36 Salem Street, Malden, MA.

After the opening, visitors can view the exhibit on Mondays 6-8 pm, Wednesdays 2-4 pm, and Fridays 11-2 pm until it closes September 21.  The exhibit and reception are free and open to all.    


Early Almshouses and the Malden Poor Farm


The Malden Historical Society invites everyone to an October 2 talk by Society board member and Malden history maven Barbara Tolstrup, who will present “Early Almshouses and the Malden Poor Farm” In the Maccario Room of the Malden Public Library at 7 pm. Like other early New England towns, Malden employed a variety of means through the years to assist its less fortunate residents who lacked family support. One approach emerging in the eighteenth century was the almshouse, sometimes called the “poor house.” By 1870, Malden operated three almshouses. But following the separation of the South District (now Everett), Malden needed to build a new almshouse. The Malden Poor Farm, built in 1871 on upper Forest Street, served Malden’s poor for many years, transitioning to a nursing home in 1955. Known as McFadden Manor, the nursing home closed its doors nearly a decade ago. Today the site is occupied by Forestdale Park, a new senior residence focused on assisted living and memory care. 

        Free Holiday Concert

Join us in the Ryder Gallery of the Malden Public Library 36 Salem St. Malden, MA at 2 PM on SUnday, Dec. 2 to hear a varied program of Swedish, English and Norwegian songs by NORTHBOUND VOCAL ENSEMBLE. The concert is free to all and co-sponsored by the Society, The Friends of the Malden Public Library and the Victorian Society. The program will be followed by light refreshments.

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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