Our Annual Appeal

Please help support DHSM’s important fundraising goal by contributing to our 
2018 Annual Appeal. 
Donations through January 31st still count so please show your support.

The Annual Appeal accounts for 1/3 of our budget so is critical to our operations and programming. With new staff in place we have plans for expanding DHSM’s outreach within the community and beyond and need your help to make this possible. We greatly appreciate your believing in DHSM through your contribution.

Every gift counts!

The DHSM is solely supported through membership and private donations.
                                  Thank you!


2019 Winter Wine Event!

January 25th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m
Dedham Historical Society & Museum
612 High Street, Dedham, MA

Franklin Square, Dedham, circa 1870. Image courtesy Historic New England.

Gather your friends and join us this January for a fun-filled evening of flavorful wines and tasty hors d’oeuvres.

DHSM 2018-2019
Lecture Series

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 p.m., DHSM
William O’Donnell, Accessing Our History

Norfolk County Register of Deeds, William O’Donnell, will speak about ongoing and future projects at the Registry, including the recently completed project to transcribe handwritten documents dating from 1793-1900 and the next research project after the successful booklet celebrating the Registry’s 225th Anniversary (2018). Members of his staff will be available with computers and printers to provide guests with a copy of their deeds, information about the Homestead Act, and more.

Save the Dates:

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 p.m., DHSM
Kimberly Alexander, The Fashion and History of Shoes

Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture
& Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00 p.m., DHSM
Gail Coughlin, The First Settlers of Dedham: The Region’s Indigenous Peoples

Read more about this lecture series 


Conference on Water in Dedham
River Stories: Past, Present & Future
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Held in collaboration with the Dedham Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC). 

More details to follow.



    New Saturday Hours! 

2nd & 4th Saturday each month
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Museum & Archives

The Gift Shop is also open on this new Saturday schedule as well as weekdays. 

See below for information on weekday hours for the museum (and gift shop), archives, and office.


Free entry to museum and library for members. 


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

Library & Archives:

Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Archives fee $5; research fee $25/hour
Archivist: Rebecca Carpenter

It is recommended that you contact the archivist to schedule an appointment prior to your research visit. To speak with the archivist or 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 11 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

Latest News
Important Dedham Chest

Important Dedham Chest

This 17th-century carved chest is attributed to John Thurston (1607-1685) who emigrated from County Suffolk, England, in 1637 and worked in Dedham and Medfield (Medfield was originally part of Dedham and separated in 1649). He taught John Houghton (1624-1684), maker...

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Volunteer Appreciation Cookie Fest

Volunteer Appreciation Cookie Fest

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who have given their time to the Dedham Historical Society and Museum this past year.  The DHSM recently held a volunteer appreciation cookie fest as a fun (and delicious) way to say THANK YOU volunteers! If...

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Holiday Ornaments & Gifts at Our Gift Shop

Holiday Ornaments & Gifts at Our Gift Shop

Saturdays in December from 11-2 (December 15 & 22) Plus Tuesdays-Fridays, 9-5 Be sure to visit DHSM's Gift Shop for your holiday shopping! Our Dedham Pottery ornaments and seasonal figures are the last available since the closing of the Potting Shed, so pick yours...

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Historic Gardens of Dedham

Dining in Dedham 

The old saying that “we are what we eat” holds true for the past as well as the present.  The Society’s new “Dining in Dedham” exhibit looks back on Dedham’s culinary history, exploring what our ancestors ate, how they prepared it, and where they dined. From the earliest settlers eating by the kitchen fireplace to the arrival of fast-food chains in the 1950s, “Dining in Dedham” tells this delectable story through photographs, menus, old cookware, and other artifacts from the Society’s collection.

The exhibit opens January 30 and runs through 2018.  So drop in for a taste of Dedham’s past!