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?

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at the top of this page to view the options.

Thank you for your support.

                                        Please  Donate
We welcome donations throughout the year so we hope you will make a gift 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. Thank you to all who donated to our 2019 Annual Appeal. We truly appreciate your support.

Upcoming: Exhbits,
Annual Soirée, Hat Party & Lectures

Current Exhibit

A new exhibit on the African American experience in Dehdam has opened to coincide with Black History Month.  For details, click here for the Exhibitions page of this website.

Forthcoming Events
More information and Dates to Follow

Annual Soirée
May 30, 2020
Held at a private house, this annual member-only event is a glorious party where guests tour the historic home, enjoy cocktails, and dine on catering from Chiara of Westwood.

Hat’s Off to Summer
June 12, 2020
Last year we celebrated shoes, and this year we’re featuring hats at this fun event where guests wear their favorite hats—from baseball caps to fancy frivolity. Wine and desserts will be served.


2019-2020 Lecture Program

All lecture program talks are held at the DHSM
612 High Street, Dedham
Members free, nonmembers please purchase tickets at the link below or call 781.326.1385

Spring 2020 Speakers & Topics
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

Dr. Joseph Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act leading up to the American Revolution until his death at Bunker Hill in 1775. Though residing in Boston for much of his adult life, Warren had connections to Dedham. Speaker Christian Di Spigna will share information about Warren’s life in Boston, as well as what he uncovered in the Dedham Historical Society & Museum’s archives about Warren, his associations with Dedham residents, and other tantalizing details regarding his time in Dedham. Di Spigna is author of 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, Parades in New England, 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.

Number of Tickets

Lectures given in the 2019-2020 Program
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution, John Benda, revealed the connections between Dedham and Old Ironsides, and discussed the fascinating story of the oldest commissioned warship afloat. Benda traced the ship’s history from the Revolutionary War through to today, also sharing news about the current crew of the U.S.S. Constitution and the vessel’s educational mission. Click here to watch a video of the talk, courtesy Dedham TV. 
Saturday, October 26, 2019
William Hosley, a leading historian, led two tours of the Old Village Cemetery and gave a talk that placed the iconography of graven images in the context of early New England culture and society. Click here to watch a video of the associated cemetery tour, courtesy Dedham TV. 
Thursday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.
Margaret Meahl spoke on Faith Trumbull Huntington: An 18th-Century Woman Encounters War. Topics covered included education, the Revolutionary War, and mental illness. Click here to watch a video of the talk, courtesy DedhamTV.


Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
      11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission $5
Education & Membership: Judy House – 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:

Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Archives visitor fee: Members free; nonmembers: $10
Research is available by the DHSM for $25/hour
For details, visit the Research page of this website.
Archivist: Violet Hurst

PLEASE NOTE: This position will become vacant as of March 6th, 2020. The DHSM has posted for the position. Please see the Jobs section of this site or contact if interested. Accepting applications through
March 31, 2020.

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 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
     11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 6 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

Gift Shop

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.

Latest News

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Sold Out! The First Annual Tavern Night, held on Friday, September 20, 2019, was a tremendous success! Interest was so high that the event sold out prior to the festivities. Click here to watch a short video of the festivities, courtesy DedhamTV. Guests enjoyed...