Third Thursdays Webinar Series

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Paul Revere: Beyond Silver
Revere is widely known as a silversmith and patriot. He was also an entrepreneur and manufacturer who started successful iron foundries and a copper rolling mill. In this talk, Professor Rob Martello related the story of the DHSM’s 1798 courthouse bell in the context of Revere’s business ventures. Click here to watch a recording of the webinar. 

Mr. Martello is a professor of the History of Science and Technology at Olin College of Engineering, and has been a contributing scholar to the Revere exhibition Beyond Midnight at the Worcester Art Museum, where the bell is on view through November 7th. Martello is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker who melds his expertise in technology with his love of history. The Revere bell will return to the DHSM in early December 2020.

Annual Soirée
May 30, 2020:
Cancelled, but please read below

We are highly disappointed that our annual Spring Soirée was cancelled because of COVID-19, but hope you all remain healthy. The Soirée is a critical fundraiser for the museum and money usually raised makes a significant contribution to the museum’s operating budget. If your circumstances allow, please click on the DONATE button below to make a donation in either the amount of one or more tickets or whatever you are able to give. 

Our annual Soirée is held at a private residence in Dedham. This member-only event is a glorious party where guests tour a historic home, enjoy cocktails, and dine on catering from Chiara of Westwood. As a teaser, the image on the left is the location of the next Soiree; date to be determined.

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.

Dr. Joseph Warren was involved in almost every major insurrectionary act leading up to the American Revolution until his death at Bunker Hill in 1775. Though residing in Boston for much of his adult life, Warren had connections to Dedham. Speaker Christian Di Spigna will share information about Warren’s life in Boston, as well as what he uncovered in the Dedham Historical Society & Museum’s archives about Warren, his associations with Dedham residents, and other tantalizing details regarding his time in Dedham. Di Spigna is author of Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero.

Click here to watch the video of the talk, courtesy of Dedham TV. 

2020 Wine Event
February 7, 2020, 7-9 p.m.
$50 per person

Friends gathered for a fun-filled evening of flavorful wines and tasty
hors d’oeuvres at this much-anticipated annual event.

Plus, guest were able to take their chances and purchase a raffle ticket for an opportunity to own a vintage advertising card table promoting businesses active in Dedham in 1942. Drawing was held at the Wine Event. Raffle tickets $5 each/5 for $20.

The Wine Event took place at the Dedham Historical Society & Museum, 612 High Street.

Toy Trains Return to DHSM!
Annual Holiday Stroll
Friday, December 6, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Free event

Enjoy the festivities throughout Dedham Square at the Annual Holiday Stroll. Be sure to stop by the museum where young and old will have fun watching trains travel around a 15-foot track, passing all sorts of sights along the way. While at DHSM, children can watch a miniature merry-go-round and see the lights on inside a snow-covered village, color festive scenes, or curl up in a chair and read holiday books.
      The trains and activities continue on Saturday from 11-2 for a more leisurely experience.

2019-2020 Lecture Series
Thursday, November 21, 7:00 p.m.

What history do Dedham’s Avery Oak, Old Ironsides, and the vessel’s first commander, Captain Samuel Nicholson, share? Dedham native and Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution, John Benda, will reveal the connections and discuss the fascinating story of the oldest commissioned warship afloat. Benda will trace the ship’s history from the Revolutionary War through to today. He will share news about the current crew of the U.S.S. Constitution and the vessel’s educational mission.

Click here to view a video of the talk, courtesy Dedham TV.

Fall Harvest Dinner
Saturday, November 16, 2019

Enjoy a Festive Meal and Hear About Urban Farming

6:00 pm: hors-d’oeuvres and drinks followed by dinner at 7:00 pm
Dinner will be held at the First Church, 670 High Street, Dedham

The evening’s guest speaker, Kathy Kottaridis, Executive Director of Historic Boston, Inc., will discuss the restoration of the Fowler/Clark/Epstein farm in Mattapan, one of Boston’s only surviving farms. Its historic buildings and land have been restored as a fully functioning farm run by the Urban Farming Institute.

Menu: Roasted turkey, stuffing, roast vegetables, salad, a selection of breads, and homemade pie. Each table will be set with a different historic dinnerware pattern.

 The evening will also introduce the First Annual DHSM Award. The evening’s honoree is the Worthington Committee, a dedicated group of volunteers who for more than 20 years have organized fundraising events for the DHSM.

Tickets $75
Purchase tickets below, call 781.326.1385, or send a check to P.O. Box 215, Dedham, MA 02027
RSVP by Thursday, November 14th

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 SOLD OUT  (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.

Click here to view the walking tour, courtesy Dedham TV.

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

October Lecture: 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. 

Friday, September 20th
7:00-9:00 p.m.
$35 per person ($40 at the door)

At this Sold Out event, guests enjoyed tastings from craft brewieries—Bone up Brewing,  Small Change Brewing, Turtleswamp Brewing, 7th Wave Brewing, Tributary Brewing, Celia gluten-free Saison, and Athletic Brewing (non-alcoholic)—hard cider from Bantam Cider and Far From the Tree Cider, live folk music by the Zip Finn Band, and light fare while viewing DHSM’s tavern signs. Guests also received a signature DHSM tavern night tasting glass to remember the evening. Click here to watch a video of the evening, courtesy of DedhamTV.

Thank you for supporting the DHSM, the participating breweries, the Zip Finn band, and the evening’s sponsors. See below.

Featured Breweries


Live Music
The evening’s featured musical performers, the Boogaloo Swamis, are Ruth Rappaport (guitar/vocals), Ben Wetherbee (fiddle/vocals), Paul Strother (upright bass), and Mickey Bones (drums). They specialize in music from New England, the British Isles, Appalachia, and Louisiana.

This is a fundraiser for the DHSM and we are most appreciative of the support from the evening’s sponsors: Lead Sponsors: Caffé Tremezzo, Dedham School of Music, and the Odd Fellows Hermann Dexter LodgeSupporting Sponsors: Needham Bank, Horse Thieves Tavern, and El Centro.

Image: Swing tavern sign, Moses Gragg Tavern on Canton Avenue, Milton, Mass., 1828. Oil on wood, 30 ½ x 24 ½ in. framed. Collection of the Dedham Historical Society & Museum (1889.1).

Shoe Party!
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Who doesn’t love shoes?! Join the party and dress up or dress down; whatever you do, wear your favorite pair of fabulous footwear!

Enjoy wine and desserts while showing off your personal flair — whether pumps or flats, wingtips or sandals. Swing by beforehand to be inspired by our exhibit on historic and vintage shoes. Bring your friends, kick up your heels, and have a ball!

Please thank our sponsors: Total Image Day Spa; Boston General Store (Dedham), and Nest.

Click here to watch a video of the evening, courtesy of DedhamTV.

Annual Soiree

June 18, 2019

Our annual members-only Soiree held at a Historical home in Dedham went off as a rousing success. Over 120 members were in attendance in their best to enjoy cocktails, food, and conversation. Interested in the annual soiree? Already a member? The soiree is an annual event held every year in June. Get ready for next year! Not yet a member of the Historical Society? No, need to worry! Become a member today and receive your invitation to this and all our events and programs.

Annual Winter Wine Event

January 25, 2019

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

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

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.