Upcoming Events: 
November Lecture Program 
& Trains Return for Holiday Stroll

2019-2020 Lecture Series

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.
What history do Dedham’s Avery Oak, Old Ironsides, and the vessel’s first commander, Captain Samuel Nicholson, share? Dedham native and Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution, John Benda, will reveal the connections and discuss the fascinating story of the oldest commissioned warship afloat. Benda will trace the ship’s history from the Revolutionary War through to today. He will share news about the current crew of the U.S.S. Constitution and the vessel’s educational mission.

Members Free
Nonmembers: $10; purchase tickets at the door, by calling 781.326.1385, or by clicking on the Buy Now button below.


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All lecture program talks are held at the DHSM
612 High Street, Dedham.
For Spring 2020 talks, see further below.

Toy Trains Return to DHSM!

Annual Holiday Stroll
Friday, December 6, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Enjoy the festivities throughout Dedham Square at the Annual Holiday Stroll. Be sure to stop by the museum where young and old will have fun watching trains travel around a 15-foot track, passing all sorts of sights along the way. While at DHSM, children can watch a miniature merry-go-round and see the lights on inside a snow-covered village, color festive scenes, or curl up in a chair and read holiday books.
       The trains and activities continue on Saturday from 11-2 for a more leisurely experience.
      Click here for information about Holiday Stroll activities in the Square.

Just in for the holidays:
Potting Shed Dedham Pottery!

Though the Potting Shed closed last November, DHSM has been able to acquire more than 120 choice pieces of pottery. Visit the Gift Shop to see what’s on the shelves—from a variety of pottery to holiday ornaments and figures. Don’t miss out. Many items were in the Potting Shed’s personal collection and are signed by the decorators as thier first and last pieces and date back to the 1970s. An extraordinary group of material is for sale on a first-come-first-serve basis.

2019-2020 Lecture Program, continued
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.

Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.: Jane Nylander, New England (including Dedham) Parades, 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.

Lectures given in the 2019-2020 Program
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. 
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.

We’ve begun our 2019 Annual Appeal. Please make a donation 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.


Interested in becoming a member?
Click on the Victory image or our Membership tab at the top of this page to view the options.
Thank you for your support.

New Hours
Starting November, 26th
Please see below


Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 6 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:

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

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

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