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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The Dedham Historical Society & Museum has two distinct phases of operation: the museum and the library, which are open at different times and are in different sections of the building. For more information please call 781-326-1385 or email


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


Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m – 4 p.m, admission $5 (There is no admission fee for DHS members) Both the library and the museum are open on even dated Saturdays from 1 p.m – 4 p.m *It is recommended you call ahead and speak to our archivist regarding your research prior to your visit. For research questions please email:

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