Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

Malden Industry Before Rubber Shoes

We all know that the Boston Rubber Shoe Company was Malden’s big business in the second half of the nineteenth century. But Malden experienced industrial growth in the first part of the nineteenth century as well—and our most prominent business was textile dyeing! Learn about Malden’s dyers, nail makers, tinsmiths, and more.

Please join us on Thursday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture and reception presented by Malden Historical Society Board member Linda Thorsen.  Linda Thorsen is Malden resident and freelance commercial writer.  She recently completed her Master of Liberal Arts with a concentration in History from Harvard Extension School, and completed her thesis “The Merchants’ Manufacturer: The Barrett Family’s Dyeing Businesses in Massachusetts and New York, 1790-1850,” an in depth study and analysis of a prominent Malden family and their dyeing business.

This lecture is part of Converse 2020 brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Photo of the Malden Dye House from an engraving as it supposedly looked in 1817.

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop for Teens inspired by Broadway’s HAMILTON!

Spoken Word Poetry is a dynamic, engaging, inclusive art form that’s pushing a new generation of brilliant young people to connect with each other through the telling of their stories. Whether you’re a beginner, or have been writing for years, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn from Alex Charalambides, veteran poetry slammer and director of Youth Arts Non-Profit, Mass LEAP.  Join us on Tuesday, June 4th ~ 2:30-5:00 p.m. We’ll talk about what makes a poem come alive on stage, do some writing and hopefully, some sharing out loud. Grades 6-12 only. Register at the Malden Public Library or by calling 781-324-0218.  Space limited to 20 students.
History will have its eyes on you, as this workshop will guide students through a Hamilton-inspired project using the Malden Instructions of 1766 and other founding era documents to create inspired works of spoken word poetry. Students may be invited to perform their works Malden Declaration Day, June 28, 2019.
Alex Charalambides is a veteran of several New England Poetry Slam Teams. As a mentor and organizer, he founded the Worcester Youth Poetry Slam and co-founded Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts, the annual state wide youth poetry slam festival. He’s toured the country performing, released two spoken word albums, teaches poetry in schools throughout the Commonwealth and serves as Executive Director for youth spoken word poetry non-profit Mass LEAP.
Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages, and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. This program is part of Revisiting the Founding Era, a three-year national initiative of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Hometown Hero: Elisha Slade Converse ~ A Film by Birukti Tsige and Felix Li

What do Malden’s library, hospital, parks, and industry all have in common? The Converse family! Come find out more at Hometown Hero:  Elisha Slade Converse: A Short Documentary Film by Birukti Tsige and Felix Li on Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 PM at the Malden Public Library.

Birukti Tsige and Felix Li, Malden High School seniors, will present their award winning Hometown Hero documentary on Malden’s own Elisha S. Converse and discuss their research process. Following the presentation there will be a tour of the 1885 Converse Memorial Building, donated by Elisha and Mary Converse. Food and drink will also be served.

This presentation will kick off Go Local: Converse 2020: EXPLORING THE INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF MALDEN, a two-year program brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, with additional funds from the Malden Public Library.

Overcome the Rollercoaster of Weight loss and Gains

Lose five pounds, Gain ten pounds back . . . sounds familiar?  It’s time to “BREAK OUT of Breaking Even!”  This program will be offered at the Malden Public Library on June 3 at 6:30 p.m.  This workshop can be used by fitness professionals and anyone wanting to lose 5 pounds to 150 pounds.  “Breaking even” is when you invest time in exercising and eating healthy but do not see results, especially long term.  You will develop skills and self awareness for long term weight loss management. The program is designed to be sustainable, flexible, and customized to fit your lifestyle and goals.  The program is free and open to all.  Presented by Malden resident Julio Salado, Coach, Educator and Personal Trainer.

Art Night: New Works/New Acquisitions – Frank Stella and More

Did you know the Malden Public Library has acquired several exciting new works of art in the last few months? On Wednesday, April 17th, explore these amazing art works and the beautiful 1885 Converse Memorial Building.  The curated tour will include new acquisitions by artists Frank Stella, Stanley Woodward, Marguerite Pearson, Nicole Wittenberg and more.  The tour will begin promptly at 6 p.m.  The event is free but limited to 25.  Register by calling 781-324-0218.

Image: Parker 2017, wax and pigment on canvas by Nicole Wittenberg

Libraries = Strong Communities = National Library Week

National Library Week (April 7- 13, 2019) is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. The theme for 2019 National Library Week is “Libraries = Strong Communities,” and  Gates Foundation Co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair.   First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each April.

Art Night: Celebrate Women’s History Month with Art

Join us for Art Night: A Celebration of Women’s History Month on Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m.  We’re highlighting a few of the trailblazing and talented women in the Malden Public Library’s art collection.  Come explore the art and lives of Constance Stella, Perle Fine, Yvonne Twining Humber, Doris Burdick, Marguerite Stuber Pearson, Juana Romani, and more – and explore the beautiful Converse Memorial Building Art Galleries.  The art and building tour will begin promptly at 6 p.m.  The event is free but limited to 25.  Register by calling the Malden Public Library at 781-324-0218.

Image:  Carousel by Malden born artist Perle Fine (1905-1988)

Malden Reads: Film “Kung Fu Panda” at the Ferryway School

Malden Reads is pleased to host a screening of the animated film “Kung Fu Panda” at the Ferryway School on Wednesday, March 27. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for light refreshments and a family arts & crafts activity led by the Malden Girl Scouts. Also at 6:00, Wah Lum Kung Fu & Tai Chi Academy will lead a mini kung fu performance and class. Families who cannot come by 6:00 can arrive by 6:30. All children must be accompanied by a parent.
Rotten Tomatoes, a movie rating website, says 87% of critics like the movie, and the website describes the movie as follows. “A clumsy panda bear becomes an unlikely kung fu hero when a treacherous enemy spreads chaos throughout the countryside in this animated martial arts adventure featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan.” The movie is recommended for ages 6 and up.
We hope that Malden families will join us for a fun night!

We have lots to celebrate … 140 years worth of Library Service!

The Malden Public Library will hold a Birthday Celebration of the Library’s 140 years of service to Malden residents.  The celebration will be held on February 14th from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the historic Converse Memorial Building.  The celebration will include an exhibition of photographs, scrapbooks, and equipment from the early days of the Library; and light refreshments will be served.

The Malden Public Library began in one small room in the old Town Hall, formerly occupied by Murray & Wiley, Dry Goods Store; before moving to the Converse Memorial Building in 1885.  Image: Malden Public Library in Old Town Hall Building (1879-1885)


Malden Reads Hosts Special Tea Tasting at MEM Tea

Malden Reads is hosting a special tea tasting and one-hour class on Pu-Erh tea, which is the rare and mysterious tea from the Yunnan Province in China that is highlighted in the 2019 Malden Reads book selection, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” by Lisa See.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 6, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at MEM Tea in Davis Square, where participants will be treated to different examples of Pu-Erh tea and light refreshments while learning from Suanne Scalise, the MEM tea education director.

The cost for the class is $20 per person, to be paid at MEM Tea at the time of the class. Space is limited, so please email to hold your spot. You could also email us to arrange to carpool.

MEM Tea is a specialty tea shop in Davis Square. In business since 1999, they carry over 120 teas. There is parking on street and in nearby parking lots.

Upcoming Programs:

Mayor’s Book Discussion
Tuesday, February 26, 6:30pm, Malden Public Library
Come discuss “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane” with Malden Mayor Gary Christenson.

King of Masks
Wednesday, March 6 at the Malden Public Library
Roger Ebert calls this 1996 narrative film a “hidden gem” and Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 89% rating. Come enjoy this film with other Malden Reads enthusiasts and take part in a discussion following the film. Co-sponsored by the Chinese Culture Connection.