Walking Tour:

Historic Medfield State Hospital

Saturday, September 29, 2:00-4:00 pm

Opened in 1896 as the “Medfield Insane Asylum for the Chronic Insane,” the Medfield State Hospital closed its doors in 2003. The first state mental hospital in Massachusetts built on the “cottage plan,” it was organized with twenty-five buildings to house residents, a large barn, administration building, and a church, known as St. Jude’s Chapel.

Join Dedham Historical Society & Museum board president Andrea Gilmore, and Peter Smith of Oxbow Partners, as they lead an architectural tour of this historic and notorious compound.

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DHSM 2018-2019 Lecture Series:

Tuesday, October 16
Votes for Women: Massachusetts Leaders in the Woman Suffrage Movement. 
With Barbara Berenson
*Note: Held at the Dedham Public Library

Save the Dates:

Sunday, November 18: Honoring the Centennial of the End of WWI

Thursday, February 21, 2019: River Stories: Past, Present & Future, in collaboration with the Dedham Sustainability Action Committee

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Dedham Pottery Anniversary Dinner

October 26, 2018
6:00 pm: Cocktails; 7:00 pm: Dinner

Spend a festive evening with friends while dining on antique Dedham Pottery plates in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the first-ever exhibition of Dedham Pottery, presented by the Dedham Historical Society in 1968. Seating will be limited to 100.

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There is no museum admission or library fee for members.

Museum & Office:

Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission $5
For inquiries, call 781.326.1385 or email society@dedhamhistorical.org


Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fee $5

* It is recommended that you contact the archivist to schedule an appointment prior to your research visit; Saturday appointments may be made if weekday visits are not possible; these must be scheduled in advance. To speak with the archivist or schedule an appointment, please call 781.326.1385 or email: library@dedhamhistorical.org


The DHSM currently has three part-time positions available: Archivist/Librarian, Educator/Administrator, and Custodian?Maintenance Contractor. Please refer to the job descriptions for further information:

Archivist/Librarian job description

Educator/Administrator job description

Custodian/Maintenance Contractor job description

Latest News

Only 4 Annual Dedham Pottery Snow Tree Plates Available

This year’s plate has been on hold but we’ve just recently been told a small number of plates are available. Please contact us if you would like to order what is an extremely limited edition. The four plates will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. The pottery...

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The Dedham Historical Society & Museum has a new Executive Director – Johanna McBrien, a long-time leader in cultural preservation. McBrien succeeds Vicky Kruckeberg, who retired after eight years at the helm of the DHSM. McBrien joins the DHSM from Antiques & Fine...

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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.

The exhibit opens January 30 and runs through 2018.  So drop in for a taste of Dedham’s past!