On Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m., the museum shop at the nonprofit Royall House and Slave Quarters will be open for holiday shopping. In an exciting new collaboration, the Medford Historical Society will offer local history items, as well, and members of either sponsoring organization will receive a 10% discount on all merchandise.
Shop for handcrafted items including beeswax candles, organic soaps, jewelry, and eighteenth-century games, toys, and crafts. Medford-themed books, note cards, postcards, photo magnets, and ornaments make perfect gifts for current and former residents. An assortment of fiction and nonfiction for adults and children will appeal to history lovers of any age.
The event will be held at the Royall House & Slave Quarters at 15 George Street, Medford. On-street parking is available, and the museum is located on the 96 and 101 MBTA bus routes. Cash or checks will be gratefully accepted. Please email director@RoyallHouse.org for more information, visit RoyallHouse.org, and find us on Facebook.
About the Royall House and Slave Quarters: In the eighteenth century, the Royall House & Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Architecture, furnishings, and archaeological artifacts bear witness to the intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence. The Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and the Royall House is among the finest colonial-era buildings in New England.
About the Medford Historical Society: This local historical society was organized in 1896 by concerned citizens from the city of Medford, Massachusetts. Their purpose was to collect and preserve the history of this historic city, to correct the myths that had grown up over the years, to build a historical library, to collect the artifacts of local history, and to celebrate historical anniversaries.
- Submitted by Tom Lincoln