2018-2019 Lecture Series

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

Shoes are storytellers—through their materials, style, function, use, and owners. Join Dr. Kimberly Alexander as she explores our history through footwear. DHSM will concurrently open a mini exhibit on shoes from the Society’s collection, which ranges from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Alexander is the author of Treasures Afoot: Shoe Stories from the Georgian Era (2018).


Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture
& Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00 pm, DHSM
Gail Coughlin, The First Settlers of Dedham: The Region’s Indigenous Peoples


Thursday, February 28, 2019
7:00 p.m., DHSM, 612 High Street
William O’Donnell, Accessing Our History

Norfolk County Register of Deeds, William O’Donnell, will speak about ongoing and future projects at the Registry, including the recently completed project to transcribe handwritten documents dating from 1793-1900 and the next research project after the successful booklet celebrating the Registry’s 225th Anniversary (2018). Members of his staff will be available with computers and printers to provide guests with a copy of their deeds, information about the Homestead Act, and more.

Sunday, November 18, 2018
2:00 pm, DHSM, 612 High Street
Honoring the Centennial of the End of WWI

Program produced by Stuart Christie
Guests: Chief of Police Michael d’Entremont and Donna Russo

To watch a video of this talk, follow this link:
The video is courtesy of DedhamTV.com.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:00 pm
Barbara Berenson, Votes for Women: Massachusetts Leaders in
the Woman Suffrage Movement. 

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 pm
Nonie Gadsden, Boston Area Arts and Crafts Jewelers & Metalsmiths

To watch a video of Nonie Gadsden’s lecture, click here.
The video is courtesy of DedhamTV.com.

 Read more details about each lecture.
Schedule has been adjusted with a new February presentation and May conference (see below).

Please note the starting time for lectures is now 7:00 pm (unless noted).
Some lectures will be at locations other than the DHSM.

DHSM members free; non-members $10
The 2018-2019 DHSM lecture series is generously sponsored by David G. Newsom in memory of his wife, Carol. L. Newsom.

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

In collaboration with the Dedham Sustainability Advisory Committee.
More details to follow.

New Exhibit: Celebrating American Presidents

In celebration of Presidents’ Day, on Monday, February 18, 2019, 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 Adams, John Quincy Adams, John F. Kennedy, and George Herbert Walker Bush. Signatures or birth certificates of these presidents will be on display, as well as signatures by the country’s first president, George Washington, among others. The exhibit will feature documents signed by American presidents with ties to Dedham and Norfolk County, from the founding of the country through the 20th century. Visitors will also have access to hands-on materials copied from the Registry of Deeds, a collaborator in the exhibition.

The museum will be open specially on Monday, February 18th from 9:00-1:00. Otherwise, visitors may see the exhibit during regular museum hours, Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 11:00-2:00. For more information, call 781.326.1385.

Caption: Signature of George Washington on a document nominating Albion Cox to the U.S. Mint, April 4, 1794. Collection of Dedham Historical Society & Museum.

Make a Date for the Annual Soiree!

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.

Past Events:

Annual Winter Wine Event
January 25th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., 2019
$50 per person
The annual winter festivity that warms the heart and spreads cheer into the new year. 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 Committee who made the event possible and who brought scrumptious bites, to Fine Estates from Spain for the selection of wines, and to Turtle Swamp Brewery in Jamaica Plain for the brew. A marvelous way to head into 2019!

Trains Return for the Annual Dedham Square
Holiday Stroll

Friday, November 30, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Saturday, Decemc018, 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Location: Dedham  Historical Society & Museum

Treat your children and family to an annual holiday tradition. Celebrate the season by enjoying the model trains that once again will be part of Dedham’s annual Holiday Stroll, on Friday, November 30, from 6-8 pm at the Dedham Historical Society & Museum. As in years past, a holiday train set takes center stage on the tracks brought into the museum for this special occasion. In addition to model trains, Thomas the Tank Engine will also be rounding the tracks to the delight of younger children. Everyone will have a chance to participate in the magic by having a turn starting and stopping the trains.

For anyone who would like to return for more time with the trains, they’ll also be running the next day, Saturday, December 1st, from 11 am-2 pm.

Dedham Pottery Anniversary Dinner
October 26, 2018
6:00 pm: Cocktails; 7:00 pm: Dinner
Location: First Church, Dedham

Spend a festive evening with friends celebrating the  50th Anniversary of the first-ever museum exhibition of Dedham Pottery, presented by the Dedham Historical Society in 1968.

Dine on antique Dedham Pottery plates from a private collection; enjoy cocktails made specially for the evening; learn the history of the pottery and strategies for collecting; bid on a rare piece of Dedham Pottery donated for this fundraising event; and have the opportunity to purchase a Dedham Pottery plate discounted for attendees as our “thank you” for your support.  Rare examples will be on view. Blue and white attire encouraged.

This is a fundraiser for the Dedham Historical Society & Museum. Tickets: $100 per person or become a sponsor and buy a table of 6 for $750. Call 781.326.1385 to reserve your space.

Past Event:

Walking Tour: Medfield State Hospital

September 29, 2018, 2:00-4:00

Following last year’s lecture about the Medfield State Hospital, DHSM board president Andrea Gilmore and Peter Smith of Oxbow Partners will lead a tour of the historic campus. The tour will discuss the architectural history of the institution and the challenges of its redevelopment, including plans set forth by the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, which include historic rehabilitation and new construction for residential and commercial use.

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.

 Tour will gather at the Medfield State Hospital parking lot at 45 Hospital Road (from Medfield, lot is on the right). There are no facilities. Wear comfortable shoes. Please arrange your own transportation. Members: $12; Non-members: $15. Please call the Society to reserve your space: 781.326.1385. To watch the video of a talk on the Medfield State Hospital presented as part of the DHSM’s 2017-2018 lecture series, click here. The video is courtesy of DedhamTV.com.