WWII: A Community Shares Its History

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The United States became involved in WWII with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7th, 1941. American forces were actively engaged until the surrender of Japan on September 2nd, 1945 and for several years thereafter as peacekeeping forces. 

What was Dedham’s role in the War? 

With this exhibit, the Museum asked community members to share stories and material from their family members who served abroad or on the home front. More than forty families have loaned personal items that belonged to service members who were active in numerous branches of the military. These include letters, memorabilia, uniforms, medals, scrap books, trinkets, “war trophies,” and more. These items, along with printed material and photographs, tell the stories of Dedham families during WWII.

We are honored to be able to share the history of Dedham’s Greatest Generation. 

Open through Memorial Day, 2023 during museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-4:00

Exhibit Supporters: Please join us in thanking the following supporters of this exhibit:
Francis Walley Insurance Agency, a division of C&S Insurance; Mocha Java/Blue Bunny, Dedham; Roche Brothers, Westwood; Wegmans, Westwood; Whole Foods, Dedham; Anonymous Donors. The DM&A is also appreciative of John Kelly Painting for donating materials and time for the following: building and painting the main exhibit display and support systems for various items, and improving existing structures for the exhibit.

Caption: William Rich (left), 5th Armored Division, European Theater, on a disabled German tank.
Loaned by Arthur Rich, Dedham.