Becoming Melrose: The Heritage of the City of Houses Series

Becoming Melrose: The Heritage of the City of Houses Series

The city of Melrose is a hidden gem within Metropolitan Boston.  Through this series, architectural Historian Ryan D. Hayward and Social Historian Dee Morris will bring the past to life by exploring many facets of how this place came to be through the lens of the Melrose Highlands.  Through evening talks, workshops and a walking tour, history will be presented in a new and refreshing manner.

All programs within the series are free and geared toward those with an interest in local history, art, architecture and culture.

To see a full listing of the programs within the Series, please click HERE!

Little World of its Own: Suburbia in the Melrose Highlands
Saturday, September 16 (Rain date To Be Determined)
On location throughout the Highlands (walking tour)

The eastern half of the Melrose Highlands is a unique section of the larger community. Following a century of farming, the area became a summer retreat for the Boston Brahman. The well guarded secret allowed an elite community to grow.  After nearly two decades of secrecy, old fields quickly gave way to new streets. Thousands of homes were constructed for white and blue collar residents to own their slice of the picturesque landscape. Architectural Historian Ryan D. Hayward will lead an informative 90 minute tour along the outdoor museum that is the Melrose Highlands.  No sign up required; event does not meet at the Library.


Becoming Melrose: The Heritage of the City of Houses – this series is supported in part by the Melrose Public Library, Friends of the Melrose Public Library and by a grant from the Melrose Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.