About Dennis Historical Society
To preserve, promote and present the history of Dennis, Massachusetts
Objectives of the Society
The Dennis Historical Society, Inc. is an educational organization established to stimulate an interest in local history, to promote scholarly effort, to foster the continued collection and preservation of historical data and material, and to cooperate with individuals and other organizations having similar interest.
About the Society
The Dennis Historical Society was formed in 1963 to accept gifts of Dennis-related artifacts for use in the 1801 Jericho House Museum, built for sea Captain Theophilus Baker, which was presented to the town in 1962. Our scope increased in 1967 when the town purchased the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse, home of the first settled minister of the town.
In 2002 restoration of the 1867 West Dennis Graded School was completed, and the top floor of the building has been set-aside as a museum. One room is established as a late 1800s school room available for use by today's teachers for educational children’s programs. The other room houses changing special historical exhibits.
Both the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse and the 1867 West Dennis Graded School have preservation restriction agreements between the Town of Dennis and the Massachusetts Historical Commission to ensure both the architectural and historic integrity of these buildings.
The Dennis Historical Society owns most of the artifacts in these three museums. Each is operated by a committee whose chairperson is on the DHS Board of Directors, ensuring schedule and activity coordination between all events.
DHS maintains a library at the West Dennis Free Public Library. Please see the Library heading.
DHS also operates a continuously expanding web-accessible Digital Archive. Please click on the Archives heading.
The Dennis Historical Society also sponsors programs of historical interest for their members and for the general public. We interact with other Cape Cod historical organizations through membership in the Cape and Islands Historical Association and various programs and interchanges.