Though our in-person programs have been postponed until further notice due to health concerns related to COVID-19, the DHSM is pleased to offer a new monthly webinar series. See details below.  

 7:00 p.m. 

Each month, on the Third Thursday, the DHSM offers Free webinars, held at 7:00 p.m.  For information and to register for upcoming webinars, see below. To watch past webinars, click here or visit the “Past Events” page under the Events tab at the top of this page. 

If you have been enjoying the webinar programming, please consider a donation so that we may continue to bring you free programs featuring scholars and topics relevant to Dedham. Click here to donate. Thank you!

Thursday, February 17th, 2022
7:00 p.m.

The Society in Dedham
for Apprehending Horse Thieves

On June 4, 1810, thirteen men met at Marsh’s tavern on Court Street to form The Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves. The reason for their meeting and establishing the organization was “the great number of horses stolen from amongst us and in our vicinity.” 

The Society continues to this day. Join speakers Lewis Victor and Kevin Hampe as they discuss the organization’s history.  Please use the link below to register for this online webinar.

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Click here to view past webinars.

Enjoying the programs? 

If you have been enjoying the webinar programming, please consider a donation so that we may continue to bring you free programs featuring scholars and topics relevant to Dedham. Thank you!

Click here to donate or use the QR code to the left.


Update on Events

The DHSM remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. Since March 2020, we have been unable to hold our wonderful events. These include the Wine Evening (February), Soiree (May), House Tours (May/June), Kick off to Summer Party (June), Tavern Night (September), and Harvest Dinner (November). Programming, including our lecture series, has continued as online Third Thursday Webinars (see above), but we have not been able to host the hundreds of families who enjoy the trains during the Holiday Stroll nor the school programs. 

We look forward to being able to reopen and celebrate the joys of being together and sharing in conversation and conviviality. We appreciate your supporting these and other events and programs and look forward to seeing you hopefully in the not-too-distant-future.

    Thank you for donating to DHSM. We look forward to being able to thank you in person. 

The location of this silhouette of John Doggett is currently unknown. It was last published in The Magazine Antiques in the 1920s. Perhaps a local resident is aware of its whereabouts? If so, please let us know. 

Speaker Series
Held at the Dedham Historical Society & Museum, 612 High Street
Members free, nonmembers are $10 per talk. Pease click here or call 781.326.1385

Stay Tuned for Details on our 2022 Speaker Series
Scheduled to start in September.

The remaining talks in our 2019-2020 program will be rescheduled. See below for details. 

Click here to view the 2018-2019 Speaker Series.

Click here to view the 2019-2020 Speaker Series.

To Be Rescheduled When DHSM Reopens
The Annual Meeting and Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture: John Doggett of Dedham: Cabinetmaker, Carver, and Gilder. Presenter Richard Nylander is Curator Emeritus of Historic New England, where he worked for forty-one years. Richard has been appointed by five Presidents to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, where he has served for thirty years. He has curated exhibitions, lectured widely on historic wallpaper and period interiors, and has contributed numerous articles to both popular and scholarly journals. 

About the talk: Dedham native John Doggett is best known to decorative arts enthusiasts for his Federal-style looking glasses and the frames that enhance many portraits by Gilbert Stuart. This talk will discuss Doggett’s evolving career which began in Roxbury in 1802 and moved to Boston where he expanded the business to include “Doggett’s Repository of Arts” a space that was used for auctions of old master paintings and travelling exhibition paintings, including Thomas Sully’s George Washington and the Passage of the Delaware now at MFA Boston. Doggett was instrumental in introducing lithography to Boston with a series of prints of the first five American presidents known as The American Kings.

To Be Rescheduled When DHSM Reopens
Originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19th, 7:00 p.m.
Future date to be determined

Parades in New England, 1788-1940
Jane Nylander

For centuries Americans have celebrated their public identity with parades. Marching politicians and soldiers, stirring music, colorful flags and banners, ornamented fire engines, costumed school children and colorful floats set forth on the stage of town after town to symbolize traditions and values that Americans hold dear.

This talk will explore both story and significance of parades in New England from the time of those celebrating the ratification of the Constitution in 1788 to the Tercentenary celebrations of the 1920s and 1930s, including rare views of Dedham celebrations preserved in the collections of the Dedham Historical Society & Museum.

Speaker Jane Nylander, President Emerita of Historic New England, is a well-known author and lecturer who will offer the audience an illustrated preview of her forthcoming book, “The Best Ever,” Parades in New England, 1788 to 1940.

To Be Rescheduled When DHSM Reopens
Originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21st, 4:00 p.m.
Future date to be determined

Harpsichord, Flute, Soprano
Ensemble Performance

Join us for the rare opportunity—and the first ever at the DHSM—to hear an ensemble perform music from the late 18th and early 19th centuries on a Baroque flute and harpsichord, with soprano accompaniment on select pieces.  In addition to early musical selections from England and Spain, a very special opportunity will be to hear music from the archives of the DHSM, specifically from “A Favourite Selection of Music: Adapted to the Piano Forte.” This music book was printed and sold by Herman Mann of Dedham in 1806. Among the selections are “Address to a Tuft of Violets,” “Cottage in the Grove,” “Drink to me Only, a Favorite Glee,” “Bonny Doon,” and others. Tickets $20.

History in the Making: COVID-19

We are asking residents of Dedham to share their stories during the COVID-19 epidemic. Material received will be incorporated into our archives, which has records extending back to the 1630s. Please be a part of your town’s archival records and share how you are coping. In addition to articles we are saving from local papers, we would like to preserve your images, drawings, journals, brief (or long) recollections, social media postings, town documents, whatever you feel should be saved for a historic record for researchers and scholars in the future.

Please send your stories, experiences, and photos to For more details, click here. Thank you, stay healthy, and be safe.

Left: COVID-19 Stories. To view different images, hover your cursor over the image and click on the left or right arrows. Please note that the arrows are centered on each image. Thank you to the Dedham residents who have contributed images. Photos by Janet Holmes (crosswalk sign, doorway, birthday parade vehicles, post office window, Hearts of Hope in Dedham Square business windows); Janet Haugh (photo of brothers, mask on tree and two rubber duckies, both on Stoney Lea Road, Ursuline Academy driveway, Dedham Public Library doors), Kara Kilroy (watercolor ice cream picture), John Dellea (T.P., driveway art, quarantined geese, boats on a vacant Charles River, flowering tree, students on Noble & Greenough playing field), and Marie Spillane (no sympathy cards and Fire Chief Spillane’s grandchildren wearing masks in daycare), Jill Devirgilio (sanitized carts), Alicia O’Brien (mask in car), Carroll family (funeral in COVID-19 era).