Please support the Dedham Historical Society & Museum as
we make history relevant and engaging for all audiences. 
The DHSM does not receive town funding and we rely on gifts and donations
from valued partners like you. Your support makes a difference and thank you.

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becoming a member?

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at the top of this page to view the options.

Thank you for your support.

                                  2019 Annual Appeal
Our 2019 Annual Appeal is underway. Please make a donation and invest in Dedham’s history and in the DHSM’s educational programming and outreach. Your contribution is a critical means of supporting our important mission. Thank you for valuing our role in sharing the stories of Dedham’s past and in keeping history present.

Upcoming Events:
Wine Event  & 2020 Lectures

Just in for the holidays:
Potting Shed Dedham Pottery!

Though the Potting Shed closed last November, DHSM has been able to acquire more than 120 choice pieces of pottery from the owner’s collection. Visit the Gift Shop to see what’s on the shelves—from a variety of pottery to holiday ornaments and figures. Don’t miss out. Many items are signed by the decorators as thier first and last pieces and date back to the 1970s. An extraordinary group of material is for sale on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Save the Date:  Wine Event

Wine Event
February 7
2020, 7-9 p.m.

Warm up from the cold and join us for a selection of wines, hors d’oeuvres, and music. Held at the Dedham Historical Society, 612 High Street. More details to follow.

2019-2020 Lecture Program

All lecture program talks are held at the DHSM
612 High Street, Dedham 
Members free, nonmembers please purchase tickets at the link below or call 781.326.1385

                Spring 2020 Speakers & Topics
Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.:
 Christian Di Spigna, Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero.

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.: Jane Nylander, New England (including Dedham) Parades, 1788–1940.

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.
The Annual Meeting and Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture: Richard Nylander, John Doggett of Dedham: Cabinetmaker, Carver, and Gilder.


Number of Tickets

Lectures given in the 2019-2020 Program
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution, John Benda, revealed the connections between Dedham and Old Ironsides, and discussed the fascinating story of the oldest commissioned warship afloat. Benda will trace the ship’s history from the Revolutionary War through to today. He will share news about the current crew of the U.S.S. Constitution and the vessel’s educational mission.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
William Hosley, a leading historian, led two tours of the Old Village Cemetery and gave a talk that placed the iconography of graven images in the context of early New England culture and society. 
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Margaret Meahl spoke on Faith Trumbull Huntington: An 18th-Century Woman Encounters War. Topics covered included education, the Revolutionary War, and mental illness. Click here to watch a video of the talk, courtesy DedhamTV.

New Hours
Please see below


Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
      11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission $5
Educator: Maryann Wattendorf – 781.326.1385

Free entry to museum, library, and lectures for members, as well as discounts to programs and at the gift shop. Visit the Membership page for more details.

Library & Archives:

Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Archives visitor fee: Members free; nonmembers: $10
Research is available by the DHSM for $25/hour
For details, visit the Research page of this website.
Archivist: Violet Hurst

It is recommended that you contact the archivist to schedule an appointment prior to your research visit. To schedule an appointment, please call 781.326.1385 or email

Gift Shop

Visit our Gift Shop, where you will find gifts for the holidays, from ornaments to decorative items and reproduction Dedham Pottery.
Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
     11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Executive Director: Johanna McBrien

We Welcome Volunteers

Please let us know if you would like to contribute your time assisting in the archives, museum, with educational programming, or events. Thank you in advance for your participation. Please send an email to

Latest News

A Shipwreck Commemorated in Dedham

Dedham Historical Society & Museum board member Joan Pagliuca was interviewed on November 14th, 2019 by Boston Globe columnist Steve Annear about the history behind a curious gravestone monument in Dedham's Old Village Cemetery. Our appreciation to Annear for...

Guests Enjoy Harvest Dinner

Harvest Dinner Saturday, November 16, 2019 Terrific evening at Dedham Historical’s Harvest Dinner, held at the First Church in Dedham. Wonderful turnout to enjoy a spectacular meal on historic dinnerware, honor the Worthington Committee with the first Worthington...

Tavern Night Opened to Sold Out Crowd

Sold Out! The First Annual Tavern Night, held on Friday, September 20, 2019, was a tremendous success! Interest was so high that the event sold out prior to the festivities. Click here to watch a short video of the festivities, courtesy DedhamTV. Guests enjoyed...

Paul Revere Bell Loaned for Traveling Exhibit

Paul Revere Bell On the Road Through October 2020 On Monday, August 19th, the DHSM’s Paul Revere bell started a journey for the first leg of a three-venue exhibition, Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere, opening September 6th at the New-York Historical Society in Manhattan....