Taps Across America

Taps across America

Memorial Day, May 27th, 3:00 p.m. On Memorial Day, May 27th, 2024, at 3:00 p.m., join us on the Museum lawn (612 High Street) as Taps is performed in a nationwide salute to remember fallen service members.  On Memorial Day, Americans remember those who have died in military service to the United States. THE NATIONAL MOMENT OF […]

There’s a new sign in town!

Brand new kiosk outside the Dedham Museum building with posters on it.

Kiosk is installed on Museum’s front lawn. If you’ve walked by the Dedham Museum & Archive recently you would have noticed the new red and gray kiosk on the museum’s front lawn at 612 High Street. With the double-sided kiosk the museum is now able to share information about upcoming events, programs, and news in […]

Dedham Museum & Archive Receives Grant

Please join us in thanking Dedham Savings Community Foundation for a $19,418 grant to preserve, digitize, and expand accessibility to archival materials in the collection. We are most appreciative for Dedham Savings Community Foundation’s partnership in Saving History for the Future. Learn more about how the grant funds will be used

Dedham Museum & Archive Receives SHARP Grant

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Dedham Museum & Archive is excited to announce that we are among ten non-profit organizations in the Massachusetts Metro-West region to receive a #SHARP grant from Mass Humanities with funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan. Ninety organizations across Massachusetts received grants totaling nearly $1 million. To […]

CARES Act Funds Received

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In June, Mass Humanities announced that the Dedham Museum & Archive was one of 123 humanities organizations in the state to receive funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Learn how the DM&A is using the funds to improve outreach and […]

Dedham Museum & Archive Receives State Funds

4 People holding up a giant check

In early 2020, the Dedham Museum & Archive received State funds from the FY2019-2020 budget with the purpose of preparing two Feasibility Studies and a Strategic Plan. Learn more in the News section.

Our Rebranding is Getting Noticed!

WBZ Radio reporter, anchor, and producer Chris Fama read our posts on social media about the repainted galleries and rebranding of the museum and stopped by to interview Executive Director, Johanna McBrien. Listen to the 40 second report.

A New Name & Logo for a Historic Institution

Dedham Museum and Archive

The 163-year-old Dedham Historical Society & Museum (DHSM) has a new name.In February 2022, the Board of directors voted to change the organization’s name to the Dedham Museum & Archive (DM&A) to reflect the importance of both the museum collection of objects and the archival collection of historic documents, maps, and other records.  The Museum also has a […]

Our Galleries Have a New Look!

Men Painting

From March 21st into early May, the museum and gift shop were closed while our historic galleries received a well-needed refresh. Isn’t this what we’re all looking for after the past few years? We are very excited about the repainting—only the second time since 1888! It’s all part of our rebranding that we’ve been working on […]

DHSM Receives Digital Capacity Grant

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The DHSM is pleased to announce that we are among the fifty-nine Massachusetts non-profit organizations to receive a Digital Capacity Grant from Mass Humanities. The funding will be used for “Accessible History: Diverse Dedham for Classroom and Community,” a component of the DHSM’s forthcoming new website. Part of the new site, made possible through a $10,000 […]

Update on Funding for CARES Act

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The DHSM shared in June that it was one of 122 other organizations in the state that Mass Humanities  announced received funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The grants were made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which received $75 million from the $2 trillion CARES Act legislation passed in March […]


Girl holding Black Lives Matter sign in Dedham Square

Black Lives Matter In late May, 2020 there were a series of national demonstrations calling attention to concerns of the Black community across this nation, and specifically, to protest the killing on May 25, 2020, of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black American man, who was suffocated under the knee of an officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, […]

DHSM Receives State Funding

DHSM Receives State Funding

State Funding from 2019 is Helping Dedham Historical Expand Outreach, Improve Facilities, and Plan for the Coming Years The Dedham Historical Society & Museum is most grateful to Representative Paul McMurtry and Senator Mike Rush for working together to secure funds for the DHSM in the FY2019/2020 State Budget. The DHSM extends further appreciation to […]

DHSM Receives CARES Act Funding

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On June 16, Mass Humanities announced that the DHSM was selected, along with 122 other humanities organizations in the state, to receive funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The grants are made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which received $75 million from the $2 trillion CARES Act legislation passed in […]

DHSM’s Paul Revere Bell on exhibit at Worcester Art Museum

DHSM’s Paul Revere Bell on exhibit at Worcester Art Museum

Dedham Historical Society & Museum’s Paul Revere bell is continuing its journey as part of the traveling exhibition “Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere,” an exhibit that opened at the New-York Historical Society in Manhattan. It is currently at the Worcester Art Museum, the second venue. With the temporary closure of the art museum, the exhibit has […]

A Shipwreck Commemorated in Dedham

A ship carved into a grave stone

Dedham Historical Society & Museum board member Joan Pagliuca was interviewed on November 14th, 2019 by Boston Globe columnist Steve Annear about the history behind a curious gravestone monument in Dedham’s Old Village Cemetery. Our appreciation to Annear for covering the story and to resident Brian Keaney for sending Annear the query for his column.  The article […]

Guests Enjoy Harvest Dinner

Harvest Dinner Tables

Terrific evening at Dedham Historical’s Harvest Dinner, held at the First Church in Dedham. Wonderful turnout to enjoy a spectacular meal on historic dinnerware, honor the Worthington Committee with the first Worthington Award…

Tavern Night Opened to Sold Out Crowd

Photograph from Tavern Night

Sold Out! The First Annual Tavern Night, held on Friday, September 20, 2019, was a tremendous success! Interest was so high that the event sold out prior to the festivities. Click here to watch a short video of the festivities, courtesy DedhamTV. Guests enjoyed tasting selections of craft brews and ciders, live music from the Zip Finn […]

Paul Revere Bell Loaned for Traveling Exhibit

Paul Revere Bell

Paul Revere BellOn the Road Through October 2020 On Monday, August 19th, the DHSM’s Paul Revere bell started a journey for the first leg of a three-venue exhibition, Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere, opening September 6th at the New-York Historical Society in Manhattan. This will be the first time the bell has left the DHSM since the County Commissioners […]

An Evening of Shoes

Shoe Party 2019

An Evening of Shoes! The first annual Shoe Party was an evening of fun footwear, desserts, wine, and conviviatlity. Held on June 20th 2019, people from across Dedham attended, many to a DHSM event for the first time. Some guests brought their own vintage shoes for display and the DHSM’s collection is also on exhibit […]

Daisy Scouts Visit DHSM

Daisy Scouts Visit DHSM

The Daisy Scouts (K-1) visited the Dedham Historical Society & Museum for a recent weekly meeting this June; this was the first time the Daisies have visited DHSM as a group.  The girls learned about some of the women who lived in Dedham in the past, including Deborah Ames, Hannah Shuttleworth (whose funds built the […]

School Visits

Riverdale School Visits DHSM

Third graders from Riverdale Elementary School visited DHSM as part of their history curriculum.  During the students’ visit, they handled “touch it” artifacts of items used in the past (distant and more recent) and compared them to items they use today; they received a “highlights” tour of the collection; and visited the archives to see […]

A Wonderful Evening for a Party!

People near pool at party

It was a gorgeous night for our annual members-only Soirée, held at a spectacular private residence. While guests mingled inside the beautiful home, it was the extensive backyard where most spent an evening enjoying conversation and nibbles prepared by Chiara. The current owners, Susie and John Durocher, have undertaken a major restoration and reconstruction of their […]

Sold Out! “Water in Dedham: Past, Present & Future” Symposium

"Water in Dedham: Past, Present & Future" Symposium

A success!! On Saturday, May 4, Dedham’s first educational symposium was held. The event sold out with 80+ people who attended the program at the Dedham Historical Society and Museum, “Water in Dedham: Past, Present and future”; followed by a guided tour of the Charles River by L.L. Bean. Thank you to our speakers for terrific […]