Save the Date!
Fall Harvest Dinner
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Hors d’oeuvres and drinks at 6:00; dinner at 7:00
Details to follow

Harvest Dinner Tickets

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Fall Walking Tour

Old Village Cemetery, Village Avenue
Saturday, October 26, 2019
TWO TOURS in conjunction with October lecture
$12 DHSM members; $15 nonmembers
To purchase tickets, go to the Events page of this website or call 781.326.1395.

Tour A: 12:15  SOLD OUT (meet at the OVC entrance)
Tour B:  
2:45 Tickets still available but don’t delay; limited to 20 people. (Tour leaves from the DHSM lecture or meet at the OVC entrance)

Held in conjunction with the October 26th DHSM lecture (see below)

Ever wonder what the carvings on early gravestones mean?

William Hosley, a leading historian, will speak on the meaning behind the “graven images” and other carvings on the headstones at the Old Village Cemetery; Hosley will also put the iconography in the context of early New England culture and society.

To learn more about the Old Village Cemtery and the Dedham Preservation Association’s restoration efforts, see the Current Events page of this website, and  visit

2019-2020 Lecture Series

Saturday, October 26, 1:30 p.m.

William Hosley: Iconography on Gravestones.
Hosley, a cultural historian, will speak about the imagery on gravestones, placing the iconography in the conext of early New England culture and society. He will integrate the Old Village Cemetery into the discussion. The talk is to be preceded and followed by walking tours of the Old Village Cemetery led by Mr. Hosley; see the Walking Tour section above

Members Free
Nonmembers: $10; purchase tickets at the door or through Paypal:

Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.: John Benda, Dedham native and Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution: Old Ironsides, Then and Now.

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
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.

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 Access to the archives is currently restricted to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-1:00.
Please call to make an appointment.


Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 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:

Temporary restricted hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Archives fee $10;
Research is available by the DHSM for $25/hour
For details, visit the Research page of this website.

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 9 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

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