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The DHSM is solely supported through membership and private donations.

DHSM 2018-2019
Lecture Series

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 p.m., DHSM
William O’Donnell, Accessing Our History

Norfolk County Register of Deeds, William O’Donnell, will speak about ongoing and future research projects at the Registry, including the recently completed undertaking to transcribe handwritten documents dating from 1793-1900, and the Registry’s ongoing and future research projects after the successful booklet celebrating the 225th Anniversary of Norfolk County (2018). This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear about important and informative documents relating to the people, politics, and residences that comprise Norfolk County’s history; Dedham has been the seat of Norfolk County since 1793. Members of Register O’Donnell’s staff will be available with computers and printers to provide guests with a copy of their deeds, information about the Homestead Act, and more.

Save the Dates:

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

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

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Conference on Water in Dedham
River Stories: Past, Present & Future
Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

More details to follow.


Make a Date for the Annual Soiree! 
May 18th, 2019

Save the date for May 18th, 2019 for our annual Soiree held at a spectacular private home. 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 & Archives

The Gift Shop is also open on this new Saturday schedule as well as weekdays. 

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


Free entry to museum and library for members. 


Tuesday-Friday 11 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 11 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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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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Wonderful Winter Wine Event!

Wonderful Winter Wine Event!

On Friday, January 25th, friends gathered at DHSM for our annual Winter Wine Event. Guests enjoyed sampling a selection of wines and local beer, and dined on tasty hors d’oeuvres. What better way to spend a cold January evening? Special thanks to the Worthington...

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Historic Gardens of Dedham

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.