The DHS 2012-2013 lecture series kicks off on Thursday, September 20th with Historic Preservation as a Catalyst for Neighborhood Development by Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of Historic Boston Inc. and former intern at the Dedham Historical Society. Historic Boston Inc. is a non-profit preservation and real estate organization that rehabilitates historic and culturally significant properties in Boston’s neighborhoods so they are a useable part of the city’s present and future. Kottaridis will discuss several projects in Boston that have made a difference in the community.

On Thursday, October 18th, Lee Yates and Lydia Willsky will present Treasures in the Dedham Historical Society Collection. Yates and Willsky have been working in the collections for the past several months and will share information about some of the treasures they have found.

The November 15th program will be author Larry Cultrera, an archivist/photographer of the American Roadside, specializing in documenting the American Diner through his photographs. Mr. Cultrera authored the book “Classic Diners of Massachusetts” (The History Press, 2011).

2013 lectures include: January 17th, The Saturday Evening Girls and the Paul Revere Pottery by Nonie Gadsden, Senior Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and on March 21st director Zadi Zokou will share his new documentary Praying Town: John Eliot and the Praying Indians. This documentary is 90 minutes long; therefore, the program will start at 7:00 pm. The series will close on April 18th with the Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture and Annual Meeting. Historian, author, and Distinguished Professor of History at Northeastern University William Fowler will present Under Two Flags: The Navy in the Civil War.

All lectures take place at the Dedham Historical Society auditorium, 612 High Street, Dedham at 7:30 pm at with the exception of March 21, 2013 (starting at 7:00PM). Admission: DHS members free; $5 per person for non-members. For more information call 781-326-1385 or email society@dedhamhistorical.org.