Speaker & Webinar Series

The annual Speaker Series is held at the Museum on the third Wednesday of each month from February through May and then September through November.  The talks are recorded by DedhamTV and shown the following night for the Third Thursday Webinar. Webinar registration is required for each talk; see the monthly schedule below.  

Both programs are at 7:00 p.m. This schedule may change based on a speaker’s availability so please confirm the timing for each talk and webinar.

The recorded talks will be posted with each Past session.

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Speaker Series

February Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 21st, 7:00 p.m.

Jack Gerrish listed in 1800 Census
Drawing of Ames Tavern.

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Top: Jack Gerrish listed in 1800 Census.
Bottom: Ames Tavern, High Street.

Discovering the Gerrishes: Dedham's First "Family of Color"

During Colonial times, slaves and Indigenous Peoples existed in Dedham. As the Revolutionary War and slavery receded from New England, these two groups often married and slowly became “free” citizens of society. The first of these families to become established in Dedham was that of Jack Gerrish (1745-1816) when appearing in the 1800 US Census, but as the saying goes, “it takes a village.” The Gerrishes continued to be connected and dependent on many well-known Dedham families including the Ames, Pond, Shuttleworth, Lewis, Ellis, Richards and Gay households. Unfortunately, individuals and families such as the Gerrishes were rarely documented in early traditional vital records or historical documents and often had no surname. By creatively searching the white families they worked for and lived with; a lost history can sometimes be constructed.

Professional genealogist Christine Gray-Mullen has focused her research on southern New England BIPOC families. Her research brings facts and context to missing stories about previously invisible people. Over the years, her work has focused on Dedham.

Members: Free
Nonmembers: $10 (purchase tickets here)

Unable to attend the talk or you’d like to hear it again? Register here for the Third Thursday Webinar, a recording of the in-person talk on Wednesday.

Make a donation to the Speaker Series

March Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m.

swearing-in ceremony of Lincoln's vice president, Andrew Johnson in 1865Picture1

The United States Vice-presidency: Its History, the 15 Who Ascended, and Why

Nine U.S. vice presidents have ascended to the presidency, eight from the death of the president and one from a resignation. Six more have ascended by following in their president’s footsteps. The two current leading candidates for the 2024 presidential election would be octogenarians during their terms in office.  Could their vice-president be the 16th person to ascend?

Dr. Richard Scott returns to the podium of the Dedham Museum & Archive to speak on a new topic of his research.

Members: Free
Nonmembers: $10 (purchase tickets here)

Unable to attend the talk or you’d like to hear it again? Register here for the Third Thursday Webinar, a recording of the in-person talk on Wednesday.

Make a donation to the Speaker Series

April Speaker Series

Wednesday, April 17th, 7:00 p.m.

Early Jails

The Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture

Historic Jails and Prison Reform in Norfolk County

 

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Members: Free
Nonmembers: $10 (purchase tickets here)

Unable to attend the talk or you’d like to hear it again? Register here for the Third Thursday Webinar, a recording of the in-person talk on Wednesday.

Make a donation to the Speaker Series

May Speaker Series

Wednesday, May 15th, 7:000 p.m.

The firehouse on Westfield St in Dedham, Massachusetts. January 1, 1906. Source: Wikipedia
The firehouse on Westfield St in Dedham, Massachusetts. January 1, 1906. Source: Wikipedia

Fire! A History of Firefighting in Dedham

 

 

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Members: Free
Nonmembers: $10 (purchase tickets here)

Unable to attend the talk or you’d like to hear it again? Register here for the Third Thursday Webinar, a recording of the in-person talk on Wednesday.

Make a donation to the Speaker Series

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

From September through May, Dedham Museum & Archive presents Third Thursday webinars held at 7:00 p.m.

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