The Dedham Historical Society was founded in 1859 by a group of citizens concerned that the town’s history not be forgotten. The Society was incorporated for the “purposes of collecting and preserving such records and traditions as may tend to perpetuate the history of New England and especially the town of Dedham.”

The Society preserves and actively seeks information on all the towns making up the original Dedham Grant, from Bellingham and Plainville in the south, to Natick and Wellesley on the northwest. When the Society began, Norwood and Westwood had not become separate towns, so the collections include many items from the “South Precinct” and the “Clapboardtrees Parish.”

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Please note that both the library and museum are closed on weekends for the months of July and August.

There is no museum admission or library fee for members.


Tuesday-Friday 12 noon – 4 p.m.; admission $2


Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; admission $5

* It is recommended that you contact the archivist to schedule an appointment prior to your research visit; Saturday appointments may be made if weekday visits are not possible; these must be scheduled in advance. To speak with the archivist or schedule an appointment, please call 781.326.1385 or email:

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The Dedham Historical Society & Museum has a new Executive Director – Johanna McBrien, a long-time leader in cultural preservation. McBrien succeeds Vicky Kruckeberg, who retired after eight years at the helm of the DHSM. McBrien joins the DHSM from Antiques & Fine...

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2018 Dedham Pottery Plate on Hold

The release of the 2018 Dedham Pottery plate, The Snow Tree, is on hold indefinitely due to an issue with production. Unfortunately we received notice after order forms were sent to members inside the July newsletters. Our apologies and we will update our website with...

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Dining in Dedham 

The old saying that “we are what we eat” holds true for the past as well as the present.  The Society’s new “Dining in Dedham” exhibit looks back on Dedham’s culinary history, exploring what our ancestors ate, how they prepared it, and where they dined. From the earliest settlers eating by the kitchen fireplace to the arrival of fast-food chains in the 1950s, “Dining in Dedham” tells this delectable story through photographs, menus, old cookware, and other artifacts from the Society’s collection.

The exhibit opens January 30 and runs through 2018.  So drop in for a taste of Dedham’s past!


Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday 12-4 PM and even dated Saturdays from 1-4 PM.

Admission: free for DHS members; $2 for non-members.