Past Special Events

Taps across America

Taps Across America: Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, May 27th, 2024 at 3:00 p.m., the Museum was part of  a nationwide salute to remember fallen service members as Taps was performed on the front lawn. Click here for details.

At our annual Spring party, guests enjoyed a selection of fine wines along with a variety of light bites, all while sharing in good company. New this year was the opportunity to participate in a wine pull. Included with one of the bottles was a $100 gift certificate to Gary’s Liquors of Chestnut Hill. 

Event Tickets:    $50 Members       $60 Nonmembers

The wine for this evening’s event was generously donated by private individuals and from Total Wine & More of Dedham.

Invitation Image for Wine Party, Friday, March 1st, 7-9 pm

Model Trains Returned During Dedham Square Holiday Stroll

Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd, 2023

Dedham Museum & Archive is delighted to share the news that the Holiday Trains returned for the 2023 Holiday Stroll!

Guests watched O-Scale locomotives running along the tracks as steam engines blow smoke and diesel engines race to deliver their passengers and holiday loads. Among the trains’ destinations were a main street aglow with lights and shops, all blanketed with a fresh winter snowfall.

The gift shop was also open, where visitors found an array of ornaments, Dedham Pottery designs from the Potting Shed, puzzles, books, and more. Plus, for the first time at the event, there were Silent Auction items for the entire family!

Model Trains at the Museum!


Tavern Night! 
Friday, September 15, 2023 
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Guests enjoyed an evening sampling more than twenty-five craft beers from local Massachusetts breweries at Tavern Night, 2023!

Each guest received a souvenir tasting glass and a Tasting Guide describing each brew. In addition to silent auction items from local businesses (including a basket donated by Jack’s Abby), the night was accompanied by live music performed by Mike Emery of Dedham School of Music, and light fare. And, for the first time, there was a dessert and coffee table, with coffee provided by Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company.

Breweries included Barrel House Z (Weymouth), Bone Up Brewing (Everett), Jack’s Abby (Framingham), Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company (Marlborough), Roundhead (Hyde Park), Small Change (Somerville), Twisted Fate (Danvers), and Wandering Soul (Beverly). Thank you to all the breweries that participated and provided their craft beer! And appreciation to Horse Thieves Tavern for donating beer from Barrel House Z.

Thank you for raising a glass while supporting local breweries, local businesses, and your local museum!


Saturday, June 3, 2023

This year’s Soirée was held at the historic Nickerson House in Dedham. Guests enjoyed each other’s company and catering by local business owner, Johnny Burke of Johnny Burke Catering.

Set within beautiful landscaped and terraced grounds, the original Empire-style house was built in 1873 and was located on the site of what had been a large horse racing track. The property was later purchased by George Nickerson. He enlarged the residence and stylistically transformed it into a Colonial Revival structure, which was later further enhanced by subsequent owners to the house we see today.




Wine Event
March 3, 2023

Guests enjoyed a festive evening sampling wines and tasty hors d’oeuvres in the museum’s beautifully repainted main gallery. This was the first time in three years the museum was able to host this important fundraiser.


Photograph of Tavern Night
Tavern Night is an opportunity to try beer from local breweries, enjoy live music, and have fun with friends. More details about the breweries to...
September 16, 2022
Hat Party Invitation Graphic
People were encouraged to wear their favorite hat, and showed up wearing fedoras, pillboxes, Derby hats, straw hats, baseball caps, and more.
June 16, 2022
The Annual Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture Parades in New England
Scholar Jane Nylander discusses parades in New England, including historic parades held in Dedham.
April 21, 2022
Dr. Joseph Warren Foundation Graphic
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...
March 17, 2022
Horse Thieves Graphic
On June 4, 1810, thirteen men met at Marsh’s tavern on Court Street to form The Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves.
February 17, 2022
St. Paul window
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...
December 16, 2021
Ken Gloss with Old & Rare Books
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...
November 18, 2021
Pet Cemetary
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...
October 23, 2021
Ursuline Exterior
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...
September 23, 2021
Men from Sacco & Vanzetti Trial outside
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....
June 17, 2021

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