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?

As a member, we are now offering access to more than 1,200 museums nationwide. 
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at the top of this page to learn more.

Thank you for your support.

We need your membership support now more than ever.

          Please Help Support the DHSM
With the museum and archives temporarily closed due to the pandemic, we are unable to hold our regular fundraising events. We do not receive funds from the town and so rely on donations, membership, and matching gifts.  Thank you for contributing, becoming a member, or increasing your past donations. Your contribution is a critical means of supporting our important mission to preserve local history and in keeping history present. Thank you.

Programs, Events & Lectures

Please visit the Current Events page for more information on programs, events, exhibits, and our speaker series.

Monthly Webinar Series
Third Thursdays
Next session: November 19th, 7:00 p.m.

Attend the DHSM’s upcoming webinar and hear about Dedham’s early religious history. Click here to learn more or use this QR code. 

Mother Brook
Historic Walking Tour

Take advantage of the autumn weather and go on a self-guided walking tour along the Mother Brook. Along the way, read the Historic Markers with information about a half dozen sites that are integral to Dedham’s history.

History Tidbits

DHSM may be closed to the public, but we will continue to bring history to you. Click here to read the latest History Tidbits.

DHSM Receives State Funds

In early 2020, the DHSM received State funds from the FY2019-2020 budget with the purpose of preparing two Feasibility Studies and a Strategic Plan. Learn more in the News section. 

History in the Making
         Recording the COVID-19           Pandemic and Black Lives Matter Stories

As an institution driven to preserve Dedham’s history, we are asking the residents of Dedham to share with the DHSM your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests and movement. Click here to see images that residents have shared and to learn how you can contribute materials to the archives and be a part of history.


The Kenneth Burt Programs Fund

Please join others in donating to the Kenneth Burt Archives & Programs Fund. Ken was Treasurer of the Dedham Historical Society & Museum from 1994-2003 and passed away in January 2020. His widow asked friends to contribute to the museum in his memory with funds put toward educational initiatives including family research and programs. We are pleased to report that donations are currently in excess of $1,000. We hope you will consider contributing to this fund. Thank you for your support. 

2020 Annual Meeting 

The 2020 Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27.
Click here for details and to register.

2020 Annual Appeal

Join your neighbors by supporting the DHSM through a donation to the 2020 Annual Appeal. Your tax-deductible gift will ensure that the DHSM continues to save and share Dedham’s past and make connections to the present—within Dedham and beyond. Thank you.

The 2020 Appeal extends only from September through December. There’s no time like the present to contribute to the future of DHSM.

Donate here:

Membership News

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for free as a member of DHSM?
Visit our membership page to learn how.

Temporary Closure    

Though the staff is working at the museum on Wednesdays and Fridays, and remotely otherwise, the Dedham Historical Society & Museum will remain TEMPORARILY CLOSED to the public due to COVID-19 until further notice. The board does not feel the DHSM can provide enough safety measures to protect our staff and visitors during the pandemic. 

To contact staff members or to ask a general question, please refer to the emails below. You may also leave a phone message and it will be returned as promptly as possible.

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


Temporarily Closed to the public.
When DHSM reopens: Admission $5
Judy House, Education & Membership – 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 to the public.
Research queries may be sent to
Kathryn Ostrofsky, Archivist 

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.


Johanna McBrien, Executive Director

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
Please note that we cannot welcome volunteers until after the DHSM reopens.

Historic House Plaque Program

Help promote awareness of historic preservation and learn more about your home through a historic house plaque. Click here to learn more.

Latest News

DHSM Receives State Funding

State Funding from 2019 is Helping Dedham Historical Expand Outreach, Improve Facilities, and Plan for the Coming Years The Dedham Historical Society & Museum is most grateful to Representative Paul McMurtry and Senator Mike Rush for working together to secure...

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," an exhibit that opened at the New-York Historical Society in Manhattan. It is currently at the Worcester Art Museum,...

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...

Gift Shop

When the DHSM reopens, 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.