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.