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.

                                        Please  Donate
We welcome donations throughout the year so we hope you will make a gift 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. Thank you to all who donated to our 2019 Annual Appeal. We truly appreciate your support.

Upcoming: Exhbits,
Annual Soirée, Hat Party & Lectures

March Events: Postponed

Speaker series: Jane Nylander, Parades in New England scheduled for March 19th.

Harpsichord, Flute & Soprano Ensemble performance scheduled for March 21st.

Please visit the Current Events page for more information.


We had it in our power to stop the extension of Slavery, and we chose to let it let it go on.”

The current exhibit on the African American experience in Dehdam is unavailable until the museum reopens. For more information on the exhibit, click here for the Exhibitions page of this website.


2019-2020 Speaker Series

All program talks are held at the
DHSM, 612 High Street, Dedham

Tentatively On Hold
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. Visit Current Events for details.

Members free, nonmembers are $10 per talk. Pease click here or call 781.326.1385

Annual Soiree
May 30, 2020

Held at a private residence, the Annual Soiree is an annual member-only event and a glorious party where guests tour the historic home, enjoy cocktails, and dine on catering from Chiara of Westwood.

Hat’s Off to Summer
June 12, 2020
Last year we celebrated shoes, and this year we’re featuring hats at this fun event where guests wear their favorite hats—from baseball caps to fancy frivolity. Wine and desserts will be served.

         Temporary Closure    

The Dedham Historical Society & Museum has TEMPORARILY CLOSED THE MUSEUM and ARCHIVES to the public until further notice in order to support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that we do our best to ensure the health of our staff, volunteers, and guests. 

If you have questions or would like to reach a staff member, please email Any research queries sent to the archives and library may not be answered until the DHSM reopens.

The DHSM has postponed all March programming. April programs, including the Annual Meeting scheduled for April 21st, will be postponed unless otherwise informed. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the public updated about additional upcoming programs through this site; members will receive information through email.

We appreciate your understanding. Click here for the latest information from the CDC.


Temporarily Closed.
When DHSM reopens: Admission $5
Education & Membership: Judy House – 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.

Archives & Library:

Temporarily Closed
Research queries sent to may not receive a response until after the Archives reopens. Thank you for your patience and understanding.  

Research is available by the DHSM for $25/hour
For details, visit the Research page of this website.

Gift Shop

Temporarily Closed
When DHSM reopens, please visit our Gift Shop, where you will find gifts for the holidays, from ornaments to decorative items and reproduction Dedham Pottery.


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

Gift Shop

Please visit our Gift Shop, where you will find “Dedham Pottery” from the  Potting Shed, writing cards (including those featuring the historic 1828 Gragg Tavern), Dedham-themed T-shirts, and other items.

Latest News

DHSM’s Paul Revere Bell on exhibit at Worcester Art Museum

Dedham Historical Society & Museum's Paul Revere bell is continuing its journey as part of the traveling exhibition "Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere," with its current stop at the Worcester Art Museum. The exhibit runs through June 7, 2020 and then travels to Crystal...

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...