Fire! A History of Firefighting in Dedham 7:00 p.m.

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

Did you know that in 1800, the Town of Dedham purchased a fire truck made by Paul Revere? Or that the first bell used to alert citizens to a fire was installed in the meeting house in the 1650s? Speaker, Jack Hoell, has spent several years researching and producing a documentary in which he shares […]

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

Andrew Johnson being sworn in after Lincoln's assassination, April 15, 1865.

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 […]

Discovering the Gerrishes: Dedham’s First “Family of Color”

Drawing of Ames Tavern.

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 Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston’s Struggle for Justice

Dedham resident Jan Brogan spoke on her book, The Combat Zone: Murder, Race, and Boston’s Struggle for Justice (2022). The topic is a true account of a 1976 murder of a football player, the three Black men charged, the Italian mob, and two trials that changed the way juries are chosen in Massachusetts and the nation.  The […]

King Philip’s War: A History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict

Woodblock image of King Philip

Author Eric B. Schultz presented a talk on his book, “King Philip’s War: A History and Legacy of America’s Forgotten Conflict,” which he co-authored with Michael Tougias. Schultz provided an overview of the War, a travelogue of its key events in Massachusetts Bay and throughout Colonial New England—and its lasting legacy. Metacom (1638-1676), also known as […]

Edward Hopper: New Discoveries

Painting by Edward Hopper, Italian Quarter.

Caption: Edward Hopper, “House in Italian Quarter,” 1923. Watercolor on paper, 19 7⁄8 x 23 7⁄8 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of Sam Rose and Julie Walters; 2004.30.7. © 2023 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

William Martin, author of December ‘41

William Martin Book Cover

Author William Martin spoke on his spy thriller “December ’41” (2022) which takes place in the first days after Pearl Harbor. The talk corresponded to the then current museum exhibit, “World War II: A Community Shares Its History,” on view from November 11, 2022-November 11, 2023. To view the recording by DedhamTV, click here.

Shoe Party! Copy

Kick Off Your Shoes For Summer Graphic

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

The Society in Dedham for Apprehending Horse Thieves

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. The reason for their meeting and establishing the organization was “the great number of horses stolen from amongst us and in our vicinity.”

Collecting Old & Rare Books with Ken Gloss

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 and describes some joys of the “hunt.”

Dedham’s Pet Cemetery

Dedham's 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 and see how people have paid tribute to their pets.

The Dedham Branch Railroad

The Dedham Branch Railroad

Railroad historian and DHSM Vice President Steve Brayton presents a history of the Dedham Branch of the New Haven Railroad.

The Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture

Drawing of Eunice Russ Davis

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.

Black History Month & Dedham

Lydia Anne Gerrish

In honor of Black History Month, the DHSM dives into the archives and museum collections to “meet” members of the Black community in Dedham.

“My Dear Mother: Civil War Letters to Dedham from the Lathrop Brothers”

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.