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The Society's work.

The published History of Medford is the work of Rev. Charles Brooks, 1855, reprinted with some omissions and little addition by Mr. Usher in 1885.

Twenty years later (in the necessarily limited space of ninety pages allotted him by the publishing committee) Mr. Hooper covered the entire period of Medford's existence in a concise and interesting compilation of historic facts. These he combined with some results of his own research and illustrated it by maps.

Ten years before this, however, the Historical Society was formed, one of its objects being to gather such facts relative to Medford history, near and remote, as were likely to be lost or forgotten. It has sought to do this by papers and addresses, many of which have appeared in the Register. During the past season they have been as follows:— [p. 98]

October 21.—‘Distinguished Guests and Residents in Medford.’ Miss Eliza M. Gill.

November 18.— ‘The Roman Catholic Church in Medford.’ Mrs. Louise F. Hunt.

December 16.—‘Milestones in and around Boston.’ Charles F. Read, Esq.

January 20.—‘Old Salem Street.’ Miss Helen T. Wild.

February 17.—‘Old Medford Records.’ Allston P. Joyce, Esq.

March 17.—‘John Trumbull, Painter of the Revolution.’ Mr. Samuel Abbott.

April 21.—‘The Massacre at Lancaster and the Story of Mrs. Rowlandson.’ Mrs. Augusta R. Brigham.

May 19.—‘The Romance of Records.’ Rev. Arthur W. H. Eaton, D. C.L.

On Saturday evening, May 3, at a special meeting, Mr. F. H. C. Woolley exhibited his water-color of the Pilgrim, and told the story of this last Medford ship.

The society rooms have been open to members on Saturday evenings, and members are privileged to invite friends to the meetings. It is to be regretted that more do not avail themselves of the opportunity and become acquainted with our work, and also that our limited means prohibit the opening of the rooms to the public on stated days.

With this issue the Register completes its sixteenth volume. There is but little on its nearly two thousand pages that is foreign to Medford, and much that can be found thus in print nowhere else. It is the result of the painstaking work, a labor of love, of many who claim Medford as home. Not all the story of the remote past of our ancient town has been as yet written. There are certainly many events and items of more recent time well worth notice. And this for the bettering of the city that is and is to be.

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