DHSM 2019-2020
Speaker Series

Members Free; Nonmembers $10

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Margaret Meahl:
Faith Trumbull Huntington: An
18th-Century Woman Encounters War

The first lecture in this year’s program will focus on the themes of girls’ education in the 18th century, colonial American women, the Revolutionary War, mental illness, funerals, and family bonds. Author Margaret Meahl will speak about how in June 1775, Faith Trumbull Huntington and “a small travelling party” unknowingly arrived at the Patriot encampment in Roxbury on the same day as the Battle of Bunker Hill. Learn what happened to Faith after that encounter, and what this Connecticut resident’s connection was to Dedham.

Huntington was the daughter of Connecticut Governor Jonathan Trumbull and the wife of Jedediah Huntington, a colonel in the Continental Army. Highly educated for her time, she was also schooled in the art of needlework and produced four elaborate examples now in museum collections.

Lecture Program continued below the Walking Tour listing.

Fall Walking Tour

Old Village Cemetery, Village Avenue
Saturday, October 26, 2019
TWO TOURS in conjunction with October lecture
$12 DHSM members; $15 nonmembers
To purchase tickets, go to the Events page of this website or call 781.326.1395.

Tour A: 12:15 (meet at the OVC entrance)
Tour B:   2:45 (leave from the DHSM lecture or meet at the OVC entrance)

Limited to 20 each; Don’t delay in signing up!
Held in conjuction with the October 26th DHSM lecture (see below)

Ever wonder what the carvings on early gravestones mean?

William Hosley, a leading historian, will speak on the meaning behind the “graven images” and other carvings on the headstones at the Old Village Cemetery; Hosley will also put the iconography in the context of early New England culture and society.

To learn more about the Old Village Cemtery and the Dedham Preservation Association’s restoration efforts, visit https://dedhamvillage.org/old-village-cemetery/

2019-2020 Lecture Series
Continued from above

Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Faith Trumbull Huntington (see above)

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 p.m.: Bill Hosley: Iconography on Gravestones. To be preceded and followed by walking tours of the Old Village Cemetery led by Mr. Hosley. Space is limited for the tours; $12 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Details to follow in the September/October newsletter and on the DHSM website.

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.: John Benda, Dedham native and Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution: Old Ironsides, Then and Now.

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.

We’ve begun our 2019 Annual Appeal. 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.

The DHSM has an open position for an Archivist/Librarian. As a result, access to the archives is currently restricted to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-1:00. Please call to make an appointment. 


Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission $5
Educator: Maryann Wattendorf
info@dedhamhistorical.org – 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:

Temporary restricted hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Archives fee $10;
Research is available by the DHSM for $25/hour
For details, visit the Research page of this website.

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 library@dedhamhistorical.org

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 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 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 info@dedhamhistorical.org

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