Dorchester Historical Society


The purpose of the Dorchester Historical Society, founded in 1843 and incorporated in 1891, is to collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge of the history of that section of the City of Boston which was formerly the Town of Dorchester; to aid in the preservation of historic buildings in the area; to care for and exhibit articles of historic interest. The Society preserves the history of Dorchester, Boston's oldest neighborhood, from the earliest settlement in 1630 to the present time. The Society maintains three properties: the 17th-century Blake House, the 18th-century Captain Lemuel Clap House, and the early-19th-century William Clapp House, which is also its headquarters. The Society holds monthly programs of historical interest. New members and guests are always welcome. To support the DHS you are cordially invited to become a member. For more information, please check our website:


195 Boston Street
Dorchester, MA 02125

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