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.
becoming a member?
As a member, we are now offering access to more than 1,200 museums nationwide.
Click on the Victory image or our Membership tab
at the top of this page to learn more.
Thank you for your support.
We need your membership support now more than ever.
DHSM Seeks Your Input
We’d like to hear from you as we create our Strategic Plan for the next 3-5 years.
Please take a few moments to respond to a brief survey about the DHSM’s programs and services and what additional offerings and means of engagement you would like to see. Your input will enhance future experiences at the DHSM. Your answers will be anonymous; please plan on a 5- to 10-minute commitment.
Please either click here or scan the QR code (right) with your phone’s camera to be taken to the survey. Thank you for your commitment to helping the DHSM continue to be responsive and to engage audiences.
Programs, Events & Lectures
Please visit the Current Events page for more information on programs, events, exhibits, and our speaker series.
Monthly Webinar Series
Next session: December 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Attend the DHSM’s upcoming webinar December Holiday Traditions in Dedham. Click here to learn more or use this QR code.
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.
DHSM may be closed to the public, but we will continue to bring history to you. Click here to read the latest History Tidbits.
CARES Act Funds Received
In June, Mass Humanities announced that the DHSM was one of 123 humanities organizations in the state to receive funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Click here to learn how the DHSM is using the funds to improve outreach and access.
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 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.
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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
firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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.