Welcome to our Digital Heritage collection!
The Melrose Pubic Library's Digital Heritage collection presents historical photographs relating to the history of our community, along with a collection of Melrose High School yearbooks.
Melrose is a small suburban community located approximately seven miles north of Boston with a geographic area of 4.76 square miles and a population of 28,150 people. Settled in the 18th century, the area was known as Pond Feilde after its central body of water, now called Ell Pond. Initially part of colonial Charlestown and then Malden,
Melrose was incorporated as a town in 1850 and adopted a city charter in 1900. Melrose has a city government of a mayor and board of aldermen.
With the advent of the railroad in the early 19th century, Melrose became an attractive place to live for those who worked in Boston, and it retains that residential character to this day. Many of the city’s residences and Main Street buildings date from the Victorian era of the late 19th century.
The Melrose Public Library was born officially at a Town Meeting on March 27, 1871. The library inhabited several temporary homes over the next several years. Aware of the need for a permanent library facility, Melrosians petitioned Andrew Carnegie to make a substantial contribution for the construction of a library building. A building was erected on the West Emerson Street site of the old High School, which had been destroyed by fire in 1897. The new building opened on April 15, 1904. The library was enlarged with an addition in 1963, and remains on this site today.
Once known as Bear Hill, Mount Hood is located in the southeastern part of Melrose near the Saugus line. The Mount Hood Municipal Golf Course, operated as part of the Mount Hood Recreational Center under the Park Commission, was started in 1933 as a Federal works project and officially opened on April 26, 1936. The recreation building and clubhouse opened in June 1937. The Center included a ski-jump, ski-tow and skating ponds and was opened by a Winter Sports Carnival on January 25-26, .
Photographs of Mount Hood Recreational Park 1936-1940 include images of the construction of the Mount Hood clubhouse, and various sporting events that include ski jumping, snowshoe golfing, dog sledding, tobogganing, and ice skating.