torical Society be formed, found a quick and hearty response from many kindred spirits.
Preliminary meetings were held, and organization and incorporation were effected.
The charter list contained one hundred and thirty-two names.
The Society sprang at once into active and agressive life.
In October, 1896, it planned and carried to a successful issue a historic festival, happily named On the Banks of the Mystic, and which was conceded to be, as a whole, the finest entertainment ever presented to a Medford audience.
The financial results of the festival enabled the Society to rent and suitably furnish the quarters now occupied, a cut of which is shown on the cover of this register.
The house is itself an interesting landmark, having the distinction of a goodly age, and of being the birthplace of Lydia Maria (Francis) Child, in 1802.
A large representation of the Society's seal on a wooden tablet designates the building as the headquarters of the Medford Historical Society.
Metropolitan Park System.
Mr. Sylvester Baxter, of Malden.
November 15.—The Hancock-Clark House, of Lexington.
Rev. Carlton A. Staples, of Lexington.
December 20.—Maps of Medford at Different Periods.
Mr. William Cushing Wait.
January 17.—Roads and Bridges of Old Medford.
Mr. John H. Hooper.
February 21.—Governor Cradock's Plantation.
Mr. Walter H. Cushing. To be followed.
April 18.—Medford in the War of the Revolution.
Miss Helen T. Wild.
May 16.—The Life and Work of Mrs. Lydia Maria (Francis) Child.
Mrs. Richard P. Hallowell. England, and John Winthrop succeeded to the chief executive office.
From that time, Massachusetts became to a large degree self-governed.
The earliest information we get concerning the circumstances under which Medford was settled comes from a letter written by Governor Dudley, March 28, 1631.
After a recital of the events connected with the arrival of the colonists, he says: We began to consult of a place for our sitting down, for