Maldonians who have always wanted to know more about their city’s past may be interested to learn that longtime local history buff Frank Russell has written a new book, An Early History of Malden, published by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press.
The culmination of Russell’s 25-year research journey, this compact and readable book brings to life the first 250 years of Malden’s history from the beginnings of European settlement in the 1630s to roughly 1900. It is the first local history to cover the nineteenth century, including such notable events as the first bank robbery murder in the United States. Readers will also learn about Malden’s abolitionists and the town’s role in the Underground Railroad. Russell has generously donated the copyright and all proceeds to the Malden Historical Society.