Blog: Author: Dora St. Martin

Converse Memorial Building Art Tour: An Exploration of Visual Literacy

Join us on Thursday, January 16th at 6:30 p.m. for an exciting tour of Malden Public Library’s Converse Memorial Building and Art Galleries.  Do you wish you could better understand and critique the images that saturate your waking life?  That’s the purpose of visual literacy.  We will explore the concept of visual literacy while exploring great works by European and American master artists.   The Malden Public Library art collection was made possible through the generous donations Elisha and Mary Diana  Converse.  Limited to 25.

16th Annual Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions

The City of Malden will kick off the Holiday Season with the 16th Annual Parade of Holiday Traditions on Saturday, November 30th at 2 PM. The Parade will lift off at the Salemwood School on Waite Street Extension, will bear left onto Maplewood Street, and will then travel west on Salem Street. The Parade will conclude at the reviewing stand which will be located at the corner of Ferry, Salem and Main Streets. All children should bring their letters to Santa so that his helpers from the Post Office can collect and send them to the North Pole!

At the conclusion of the Parade, everyone is invited to the City Christmas Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Malden Public Library.

John S. Bowman: Back Then – Malden in the 1930s and 1940s

On Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. the Malden Historical Society will present a talk by Malden author John S. Bowman.  Mr. Bowman grew up in Malden in the 1930s and 40s. He has recently published a memoir of his boyhood Back Then: One Family’s Way of Life in the 1930s and 1940s.  Join us as John shares memories of Malden in the 30s and 40s. John graduated from Malden High School in 1949. He has recounted his unusual experience in the Army in a memoir, Pergolesi in the Pentagon. He spent his career as a freelance editor and writer. Among his many projects as a writer were his 50 years writing guidebooks to Crete and other locales in Greece. He also gained a minor reputation as a historian of baseball.  The event will be held in the Ryder Gallery of the Converse Memorial Building.  Light refreshments will be served.

A Limited Number of Copies of John’s Book Will be Available for Purchase.

Pattens, Overshoes, Clogs & Galoshes: How Did New Englanders Keep Their Feet Dry Before Elisha Converse?

On Tuesday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m., join Dr. Kimberly Alexander for a discussion of her recently published book Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era.

Shoes reveal important aspects of burgeoning 18th century American identity — self-fashioning, consumption, politics, and agency.  Presenting a series of stories that reveal how shoes were made, sold, and worn during the long eighteenth century, Alexander traces the fortunes and misfortunes of wearers as their footwear was altered to accommodate poor health, flagging finances, and changing styles.  Dr. Alexander will explore the lives and letters of clever apprentices, skilled cordwainers, wealthy merchants, and elegant brides.

Dr. Kimberly Alexander teaches in the History Department of the University of New Hampshire. She has held curatorial positions at several New England Museums, including the MIT Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum and Strawbery Banke.  Dr. Alexander was the Andrew Oliver Research Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society (2016-2017) and guest curator of the Society’s 2019 exhibition “Fashioning the New England Family,” and author of a book of the same name.

This lecture is part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life and philanthropic contributions of Malden’s first Mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden.         Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.

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CO-SPONSORED WITH THE MALDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Malden’s Industry: An Exploration of Historic Maps

On Monday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m., local historian Frank Russell, author of An Early History of Malden, will explore changes in Malden over time through its maps.

Maps of the growing Town and City of Malden – from Peter Tufts’s 1794 plan of country roads and taverns through street maps of the mid-nineteenth century, the early twentieth century, and beyond – provide a window into how Malden has changed through the centuries. Through these maps, the audience will gain new insight into the evolution of Malden’s boundaries, topography, place names and neighborhoods. Russell’s talk will include some rare and never-before-seen maps, many from the collection of the Malden Historical Society.

These lectures are part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life of Malden’s first mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden.   Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.  www.maldenpubliclibrary.org

Best Foot Forward: The Shoe Industry in Massachusetts

On Saturday, September 7th at 2:00 p.m., join us for “Best Foot Forward: The Shoe Industry in Massachusetts,” a fascinating lecture by Anna Fahey-Flynn of the Boston Public Library.

At the end of the nineteenth century, Massachusetts was at the heart of the American shoemaking industry.  Anna is the exhibit organizer for the Digital Public Library of America’s online exhibition on the Massachusetts shoe industry.  Anna will discuss the resources available through the Digital Commonwealth which provides access to photographs, manuscripts, books, and other materials from libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies across the state.

This lecture is part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life and philanthropic contributions of Malden’s first mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden.   Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.

Heart and Sole: The Lives of Malden Factory Workers

On Monday, September 9th at 6:30 p.m., join us for “Heart and Sole: The Lives of Malden Factory Workers,” presented by local historian Dee Morris.  From 1853 into the 20th century, the Boston Rubber Shoe Company brought increasing prosperity to Malden. This community of employees ranged from highly-skilled boot makers to laborers. Shippers and teamsters maintained the flow while office personnel kept track of everything else. Siblings worked here as did women, newcomers from Ireland and a teenager named Alvan T. Fuller, who would later become Governor of Massachusetts.  Join us for a tribute to their meaningful lives.

Dee Morris is an independent scholar and educational consultant specializing in 19th-century history of Greater Boston.  She presents walking tours at Forest Hills Cemetery and programs at libraries, schools, and historical societies.  Her goal is to connect people with their civic ancestors.

This lecture is part of Go Local: Converse 2020, an ongoing series celebrating the life and philanthropic contributions of Malden’s first mayor Elisha Slade Converse and the industrial history of Malden.   Go Local is brought to Malden with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The series will continue through Elisha Converse’s 200th Birthday on July 28, 2020.

Support the Library ~ Buy a Reusable Community Bag

We are so excited to share that the Malden Public Library has been selected to be a part of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of September, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop at 99 Charles Street, $1 will be donated to Malden Public Library, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag. The Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work.

The Community Bags are located on displays around the store and at the checkout. For more information about the program, please visit stopandshop.bags4mycause.com.