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The DHSM is solely supported through membership and private donations.

DHSM 2018-2019
Lecture Series

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

Shoes are storytellers—through their materials, style, function, use, and owners. Join Dr. Kimberly Alexander as she explores our history through footwear. DHSM will concurrently open a mini exhibit on shoes from the Society’s collection, which ranges from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Alexander is the author of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era (2018). Image credit: detail of Treasures Afoot; photography by Ellen McDermott.

Save the Date:

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
Water Stories: Past, Present & Future
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

Have you ever wondered where Dedham’s water comes from, how the waterways have been used to our benefit, Mother Nature’s role, and what lies ahead? From the Charles and Neponset Rivers to Wigwam Pond, and the wetlands that make up 25% of Dedham’s land surface, water is an essential ingredient to life in our town. This conference will highlight how we have used water throughout the town’s history, how we are anticipating and meeting current needs, and what we can expect for water in a future affected by climate change.

More details to follow with speakers and topics, as well as a list of where related exhibits will be located throughout Dedham.


Make a Date for the Annual Soiree! 
May 18th, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Save the date for May 18th, 2019 for our annual Soiree held at a spectacular private home located at 194 Village Avenue. It will be a night to remember! More details to follow.

   New Saturday Hours! 

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

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


Free entry to museum and library for members. 


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

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

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

Latest News
New Exhibit Celebrating American Presidents

New Exhibit Celebrating American Presidents

In celebration of Presidents' Day, on Monday, February 18th, 2019, the DHSM is opening an exhibit celebrating American Presidents. The exhibit runs through March.Norfolk County, known as the "County of Presidents," is the birthplace of four U.S. Presidents: John...

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Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

In 1862, William Benjamin Gould (1837-1923) escaped slavery in North Carolina, traveling down the Cape Fear River with seven other slaves to the ocean, where they were taken aboard the USS Cambridge as "contraband" and fought against the confederacy. After serving in...

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DHSM Acquires Chest!

DHSM Acquires Chest!

You did it! Thank you! Donors made it possible for the Dedham Historical Society & Museum to acquire this 17th-century carved chest attributed to John Thurston (1607-1685) of Dedham/Medfield. With this purchase, DHSM is now able to display this chest along with a...

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Historic Gardens of Dedham

Presidential Signatures
Through March 2019

Norfolk County, known as the “County of Presidents,” is the birthplace of four U.S. Presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, and George Herbert Walker Bush. Signatures or birth certificates of these presidents are on display, as well as signatures by the country’s first president, George Washington, among others. The exhibit features documents signed by American presidents with ties to Dedham and Norfolk County, from the founding of the country through the 20th century. Visitors will also have access to hands-on materials copied from the Registry of Deeds, a collaborator in the exhibition. 

The museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11:00-2:00. For more information, call 781.326.1385.

Upper left: Signature of George Washington on a document nominating Albion Cox to the U.S. Mint, April 4, 1794. Collection of Dedham Historical Society & Museum.

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.