Look below for information about past Events, the Speaker Series, and Webinars

Most Recent Speaker Series Talk (more below)

March Talk
The Nickersons: From England to Chatham to Dedham

In-Person Talk
Wednesday, March 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Third Thursday Webinar

Thursday, March 16th, 7:00 p.m.

In 1637, William Nickerson and his family emigrated from England to America, settling on the Cape and founding the Town of Chatham. By 2022, he and his wife, Anne, had over 50,000 documented descendants in the United States.

In the late 1800s, two Nickerson brothers came to Dedham and made a significant and lasting impact on the community. Churches, libraries, schools and even the game of Polo benefitted from their vision and philanthropy. Click here to watch the recorded lecture of their story. The recording was made by DedhamTV.

The speaker for this talk, Dr. Richard Scott, is a retired Orthopedic Surgeon and an Emeritus Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  He and his wife, Mary, have lived in Dedham for almost 50 years.


Wine Party
Friday, March 3rd, 2023
7:00-9:00 p.m.

A glass of red, a glass of white—just enough to whet your appetite!

After three years, guests enjoyed a festive evening sampling a variety of wines and tasty hors d’oeuvres in our beautifully repainted main gallery while supporting the museum.


Tavern Night
Friday, September 16, 2022
7:00-9:99 p.m.

Tavern Night returned for the first time since 2019. Guests had an opportunity to  enjoy craft beer from local breweries and some specialty beers from “afar” in a souvenir tasting glass created just for the occasion. The evening of sampling was accompanied by live music provided by Mike Emery.

Breweries included Bone up Brewing, Small Change Brewing, Turtle Swamp, Craft Boston, Roundhead Brewing, Idle Hands, Distraction Brewing, and more, along with several breweries from neighboring states: Tributary Brewery (Maine) and Post and Beam Brewery (N.H.). Athletic Brewing Company returned with non-alcohol alternatives. 

Hat Party and Reopening!
Thursday, June 16, 2022

What better way to celebrate the museum’s reopening (since March 2020), and repainted and reinstalled galleries than to have a party! Guests enjoyed savory treats, desserts, Champaign, wine, and other beverages.

People were encouraged to wear their favorite hat, and showed up wearing fedoras, pillboxes, Derby hats, straw hats, baseball caps, and more. The idea was to have fun and join in the celebration. Guests also viewed hats from the museum’s collection and two private collections that are on display into September 2022. To see a video of the party, courtesy of DedhamTV, click here.

The Return of the Annual Soirée 
Saturday, June 4th, 2022
6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Soiree is a time to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at a catered event while sharing the company of friends and making new acquaintances. Held under a tent, guests will be able to walk the grounds of a stunning private Dedham residence, which f0r 2022, overlooked the Charles River (image on the left).

While the Soiree is a member event, please consider inviting nonmembers so they can join in the celebration and be a part of Dedham Museum & Archive. 

Past Speaker Series and  Third Thursdays Webinars

From October 2020-April 2022, the Speaker Series was presented as the Third Thursday Webinar.
Beginning in October 2022, the in-person Speaker Series has returned on the third Wednesday of the month.
The talk is recorded and shown as the Third Thursday Webinar the following evening. Both programs begin at 7:00 p.m.

February Speaker Series
December ’41
New York Times bestselling author William Martin

In-Person Talk
Wednesday, February 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Third Thursday Webinar

Thursday, February 16th, 7:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Bill Martin discussed his newly published spy thriller December ’41 (June 2022), a thoroughly researched historical fiction. To set the scene: the country is reeling after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7.  FDR holds fast to his plan to light the national Christmas Tree in a public ceremony slated for Christmas Eve. But a Nazi agent is sticking to another plan: to assassinate Roosevelt, just before lighting the tree. In the story, author William Martin builds tension while surrounding the assassin and his pursuer with a rich panoply of supporting players and backstories. Don’t miss this Speaker Series as Martin discusses his novel.

“Master Storyteller” and Massachusetts native William Martin is the author of twelve novels—including local topics, Cape CodHarvard Yard, and Back Bay—a PBS documentary, articles, reviews, and more. He has received three prestigious awards for his writing and serves on the boards of many of Boston’s historical and cultural organizations.

To watch the recording of Bill Martin’s talk by DedhamTV, click here


December Speaker Series
Women, Mill Work, and the East Dedham Strike

In-Person Talk
Wednesday, December 14th, 7:00 p.m.
Third Thursday Webinar

Thursday, December 15th, 7:00 p.m.

Women workers played a central role in the 19th-century textile industry. From the plucky Yankee “mill girls” of the 1840s to the Irish, German, and Italian immigrants who arrived later, women were the “essential workers” of their day. This talk explored the various roles women played in the mills and in the evolution of the labor movement in East Dedham. To watch the recording of the talk, provided by DedhamTV, click here.

Speaker, Judy Neiswander, has extensively researched the mills of East Dedham and will soon be publishing a book on the topic.

November Speaker Series

Dedham’s War Memorials: Politics and Commemoration
Wednesday, November 16th, 7:00 p.m.
Third Thursday Webinar

Thursday, November 17 th, 7:00 p.m.


Starting as early as 1766, proposals for memorial monuments gave rise to pitched battles between conflicting ideologies: Rebel versus Tory; Federalist versus Republican (the old style one); America Firster (another old style one) versus Interventionist; Fiscal Conservative versus Free Spender; and just about every other faction in our town’s history. 

Speaker Stuart Christie will explore the origins, the budgeting, the political battles, and the final construction of the town’s many war monuments from the French and Indian War through Operation Desert Storm. He’ll examine the memorials not only to the wars, but also specific men who served in those wars as well as events surrounding the wars. He’ll also cover the mysterious placement of some of these monuments, which, because they have been “hidden in plain sight” for years, have received little or no public notice. 

To view the talk, recorded by DedhamTV, click here.

Otto Herman Miller: Life of an American Veteran of the Great War
In-person talk: Wednesday, October 19th, 7:00 p.m.
Third Thursday Webinar, Thursday, October 20th, 7:00 p.m.

Presentation: To watch the webinar, click here. An additional Q&A session from the webinar is available here
Otto Miller fought in France during the Great War (WWI), volunteering for service before the draft. He was a first-generation American born in 1893 in Dedham’s Germantown on Colburn Street. His father had emigrated from Germany, bringing his knowledge and skills as a machinery expert to the mills along Mother Brook.

Otto’s son and presenter, Roy Miller, will share the story of his father’s experiences while in France, drawn from more than 100 letters written between his father and his family back in Dedham. While focusing on Otto’s military service, he will also speak of his father’s early life in Dedham and his post-war family and career. Otto died in 1967 and is buried in Brookdale Cemetery, Dedham, not far from where he grew up.

Mr. Miller donated his father’s war letters and more than 140 photographs and artifacts (including some German war trophies) to the Museum at the Wednesday talk.

The Annual Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture
Parades in New England

Thursday, April 21st, 2022
7:00 p.m.

Scholar Jane Nylander discusses parades in New England, including historic parades held in Dedham. Her talk is based on her new publication, “The Best Ever!: Parades in New England, 1788-1940” (2021). Click here to watch the webinar.

Jane Nylander is a trustee of Old Sturbridge Village and president emerita of Historic New England. Formerly director of Strawbery Banke Museum, curator of textiles and ceramics at Old Sturbridge Village, and governor of The Decorative Arts Trust, Nylander has lectured extensively on New England social history and domestic interiors, textiles, clothing, and antiquarianism, as well as on the significance, organization, and management of museum collections in the US and abroad. Widely published in periodicals including Antiques, Antiques and Fine Art, Early American Life, and Historic New England, her most recent book is Windows on the Past: Four Centuries of New England Homes (Historic New England, 2009).

This webinar was funded by members of the Fisher Family in honor of their father, Ben Fisher, an active member of the Dedham community and Town government and was a Director of Dedham Historical Society (now Dedham Museum & Archive).

We are most appreciative of the speakers and the
following underwriters for making this program possible.

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Boston’s Revolutionary Martyrs
Part of the Revolution 250 Speaker Series

On March 5, 1770, a deadly riot occurred on King Street in Boston. A distinguished panel of scholars discussed what we can learn about some of the participants, witnesses, and one who memorialized the event.

The first speaker, Katie Turner Getty, focused on  two women who witnessed the deadly interactions between colonists and British soldiers; J. L. Bell discussed Crispus Attucks, a man of mixed race killed at the riot, and how he has been remembered at different points in history; and Christian Di Spigna revealed new discoveries about Dr. Joseph Warren and his pivotal role in the Massacre’s aftermath and its enduring legacy.

This webinar was a recording of the program held on March 6th. Please thank DedhamTV for making the recording possible. To watch the program, click here. Please note that this is an hour and forty-five minute webinar.

Thursday, February 17th, 2022
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. Watch a lively presentation by speakers Lewis Victor (a Rider) and Kevin Hampe (current treasurer and clerk) as they discuss this venerable organization’s history and its connections to the “Apprehenders” and the Society of today.  Click here to watch the webinar.

Thursday, December 16th, 2021
The Stained Glass Windows of Dedham’s Churches

Between 1850 and 1950 stained glass windows were a major art form in both Europe and America, although they are much neglected today. This holiday season, Judy Neiswander takes viewers on a tour of the treasures in Dedham’s churches, and their role in the evolution of stained glass in the Boston area. Click here to watch the webinar. 

In 2003-04 Judy was a Research Fellow at the Stained Glass Museum in Ely, UK, and published Stained and Art Glass in 2005, with co-author Caroline Swash. 

Caption: Stained glass window from St. Paul’s Church, Dedham.

Thursday, November 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Collecting Old & Rare Books with Ken Gloss

Ken Gloss, proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in Boston, presents a thoroughly engaging program where he recounts stories about some of his favorite finds and describes some joys of the “hunt.” Half way through the talk he discusses what makes a book valuable and how to think about collecting books. 

Click here to watch the webinar. To listen to more stories and adventures, listen to Ken’s twenty-minute podcasts.

Thursday, October 23rd, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Dedham’s Pet Cemetery

DHSM Board President and professional tour guide, Joan Pagliuca, takes us on a tour of Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery to learn about some famous animals and see how people have paid tribute to their pets.  Pine Ridge includes a historical section that dates back to the early 1900′ and is the oldest pet cemetery in the country that is owned and operated by an animal welfare agency. Click here to watch the webinar, which lasts approximately 40 minutes.

Caption: Ursuline Academy reception building, originally the home of Francis and Sarah Skinner and then Sarah Skinner Shea and Charles Shea. Photo by Ursuline Academy.

Thursday, September 23rd, 7:00 p.m.
Federal Hill: From Skinner Estate to Ursuline Academy
Please note that this webinar was held the fourth Thursday in observance of Yom Kippur on the 16th.

An independent college preparatory school for young women in grades 7–12, located on Lowder Street in Dedham, Ursuline celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2021. But what is your knowledge of the property and its history?

Click on this link to view the webinar and hear scholar Sally Seufert Holmes lead a fascinating tour through the history of the estate. In this webinar, you will learn the backstory of “Federal Hill Farm” and how it evolved into the convent and Ursuline Academy of today, which continues its legacy of strong women. Included are fascinating stories that intertwined the lives of Isabella Stewart Gardner of Boston; one of the city’s wealthiest eligible bachelors and his new bride; a leading architect and an estate in Dedham; and a chauffeur, gardener, and lady’s maid. 

Thursday, June 17th, 7:00 p.m.
The Sacco & Vanzetti Trial 100 Years Later: A Historic Perspective and Parallels to Today

In 1920, a payroll clerk and his guard were shot to death during an armed robbery of the Slater and Morrill Shoe Company in Braintree. Two men were accused, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. From May through July of 1921 the two were tried in Dedham and convicted of the murders; they were executed six years later. Italian immigrants, they were also self-proclaimed anarchists. The trial spurred international outrage and condemnation, with claims that their conviction was based on their political ideology and bigotry toward immigrants rather than evidence. A century later, this webinar presented the storyline, historic context, and parallels with the present time.

The DHSM thanks co-organizers John Tocci and Joseph Borsellino as well as the Italian American Citizens Club of Dedham — San Giovanni Battista, the Dedham Human Rights Commission, the Justinians, the Dante Alighieri, the Newton Sons of Italy, The Italian Americans For Indigenous People, and Precinct Chairs in Dedham. And finally, please join me in thanking Amanda Smith, public information officer for the Town of Dedham and the Town for hosting the webinar platform for the evening.

Guest speakers were Appeals Court Justice Peter Agnes (Ret.) and Professor Michele Fazio, University of North Carolina. Joseph Borsellino provided context related to historic trials and John Tocci moderated.

Click here to view this webinar. This is a large file (445 MB) and you may need to download the program rather than watch it directly. Judge Agnes’ portion of the program was shortened for the webinar. To hear Judge Agnes’ entire 60 minute presentation, click here

Thursday, May 20th, 7:00 p.m.
The Dedham Branch Railroad

Railroad historian and DHSM Vice President Steve Brayton presents a history of the Dedham Branch of the New Haven Railroad. Connecting the mainline at Readville to Dedham and on to West Roxbury, the Dedham Branch formed an unusual “loop” route. The webinar presentation features images of steam trains and landmarks such as the old Dedham station.

Click here to watch the webinar.

The Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture
Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Adding the Reality Back In; or Why You Can’t Talk About the History of Dedham, Massachusetts, Without Indigenous Peoples

Through an overview of centuries of history, this webinar examines the experiences of Indigenous nations and individuals in the historic and contemporary borders of what is now Dedham. Contextualized in town and regional history, and in larger themes of colonialism, warfare, kinship, and town identity, Indigenous experiences add to a more complete and complex understanding of Dedham’s overarching history. 

Click here to watch the webinar. 

Thursday, March 18th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Church: A Community Created

On May 15, 1843, eight people attended the first Catholic Mass in Dedham. It was held at the Slattery House and celebrated by Father James Strain of Waltham. As the town’s Catholic population grew from an influx of Irish mill workers, emigrating largely due to the Potato Famine, the community needed a place of worship. In this webinar, Dedham resident Jack Hoell discusses the construction of what is now St. Mary’s Church, the struggles of the parishioners to earn acceptance, and how other residents of Dedham bonded together to build a monument to the beliefs of the Catholic community in town. Click here to listen to the webinar.


Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Black History Month & Dedham

In honor of Black History Month, the DHSM dives into the archives and museum collections to “meet” members of the Black community in Dedham. The history of Black men and women in Dedham stretches back several hundred years, though records of their lives are not as abundant as they should be. This webinar introduces you to some of the individuals who have contributed to Dedham—initially unwillingly as slaves—and the history of Black Americans in Dedham through to today. Click here to listen to the webinar, presented by DHSM Executive Director, Johanna McBrien, with guest Joseph Borsellino from the Dedham Human Rights Commission. Click here to watch a March 2021 “I am Dedham” segment on historic documents and Redlining in Dedham, with McBrien, Borsellino, and Dr. Oneida Fox Roye, head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Dedham Public Schools.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
“My Dear Mother: Civil War Letters to Dedham from the Lathrop Brothers”

One by one the three Lathrop brothers from Dedham enlisted to fight for the Union after the Civil War broke out in 1861. During the next four years, John, Julius, and Joseph Lathrop wrote more than 100 letters home to their mother and sisters, telling them of fierce battles, long marches, camp life, and their dedication to the Union cause.

In this webinar, Stuart Christie, a recent DHSM Board member who spent three years transcribing the letters, talks about the Civil War, the brothers, and other Dedham men who enlisted. Click here to watch the webinar, and here for the audio version.

These letters are in the collection of the DHSM and have recently been published—unvarnished—in a book by same title as the webinar. Click here to read more about the book and/or purchase a copy.

Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
December Holiday Traditions in Dedham

The last month of the year is full of holiday traditions celebrated around the world. This webinar explores how the residents of Dedham marked December festivities in the past and discusses some more recent traditions. Join DHSM director, Johanna McBrien, as she reaches into the archives and around town to share how Dedham residents celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Click here to watch the presentation. 


Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m.
Religion in Early Dedham: Dedham at the Center of the Universe
Dr. Hall speaks on early religion in Dedham: Dedham at the Center of the Universe. The talk is divided into three sections: Fairness as a Civic Principle (1636); “Visible Saints” as a Religious Principle (1637), and a Solomon- and-the-Baby Decision About Church Property (1820s). Andrea Gilmore of the DHSM also speaks on the First Church silver, pewter flagons (dated 1721 and 1736), and the japanned clock that hung in the church. An engaging Q&A session followed. 
Click here to watch the presentation.

Dr. Hall is the Bartlett Research Professor at Harvard Divinity School. He writes extensively on religion and society in seventeenth-century New England. He is also engaged in the history of literacy and reading in early America.

Image, left: 
Detail: Key to buildings in a “View of Dedham Village,” 1795, by Rev. Jonathan Fisher.

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 relates the story of the DHSM’s 1798 courthouse bell in the context of Revere’s business ventures. Click here to watch the recorded talk.

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.

A symposium related to Beyond Midnight and organized by the American Antiquarian Society was held virtually from October 7-9, 2020 and is available here for viewing. Each day’s session is approximately 75 minutes.  

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 https://dedhamvillage.org/old-village-cemetery/

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.