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Tavern Night
Friday, September 20th
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Enjoy craft brews from local brewieries: Bone up Brewing, Athletic Brewing, Small Change Brewing, Turtleswamp Brewing, 7th Wave Brewing and more!, folk music, and friendship while viewing DHSM’s tavern signs and collections related to Dedham’s historic taverns and inns.

Guests will receive a signature DHSM tavern night tasting glass to remember the evening.

DHSM 2019-2020
Speaker Series

Thursday, September 26th, 7:00 p.m.: Margaret Meahl: A Woman’s life in 18th-century New England. 

Saturday, October 26th, 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 21st, 7:00 p.m.: John Benda, Dedham native and Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution: Old Ironsides, Then and Now.

Thursday, February 27th, 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 19th, 7:00 p.m.: Jane Nylander, New England (including Dedham) Parades, 1788–1940.

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

Click here to read about our 2018-2019 lecture series 

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The DHSM has an open position for an Archivist/Librarian. As a result, access to the archives is currently restricted so 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 – 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:

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

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 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

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