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Dennis Historical Society - Dorley Team

Membership & Membership Renewal

Benefits of Membership ~ Join us today!

~ Monthly DHS Newsletter

~ Discount of 10% at the museum gift shops

~ Advanced notice of new publications

~ Reduced admission to DHS programs

~ Invitation to special members receptions

Two Easy Ways to Join or Renew

Annual Membership Options: Individual - $20, Family - $30, Supporting - $50, Contributing - $100, Patron - $250

By mail:
With this printable membership form
Mail your membership form and your check, payable to:
Dennis Historical Society
P.O. Box 607
South Dennis, MA 20664
Paying by check? 100% of your donation goes to DHS.
Pay Online:
Membership Support


We Need Your Skills And Help

Join one of our operational committees for something interesting and another source of camaraderie. These are usually limited duration activities where your help will be of great value and help us achieve our goals.

Interested? Drop a quick e-mail to with the Committee name in the subject block and how we can contact you in the body of the e-mail.

Book Marketing Committee – We need ideas, plans and thoughts on how to market the DHS Books locally and nationally. What makes sense? What are the benefits and costs of each way? All suggestions are very valuable.

Jericho Barn Committee – A new planning committee is starting to begin an upgrade of the wonderful Barn at Jericho -- to include such things as new/revised displays, lighting etc. Great opportunities to contribute and to see your ideas become fulfilled!

Dennis Historical Society - Bass River Bridge

Library – DHS has a large and growing library on the second floor of the West Dennis Library. We are continually receiving new material that must be catalogued, digitized, some transcribed, prepared for display etc. It’s a great way to become more familiar with the history of Dennis while helping us maintain our leadership in preserving local history!

The Rose Victorian - The house & gift shop always welcomes new volunteers

Programs – Oh boy! There are so many ways here that you can help – even for just ONE program! Here’s a few – come up with new ideas for DHS programs; identify/listen to/find out the cost & recommend potential speakers and/or events; join our “historical reenactors” for our cemetery walks, a planned show next fall, etc.; help brainstorm ideas on what/when/where for activities in our three museums as well as for DHS.

Interpretive Guides – All of the three museums, the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum, the Jericho Historical Center and the 1867 West Dennis Graded School House have committees that see to their operation and well-being. These committees are seeking men and women to become interpretive guides to host visitors in the summer and during special occasions. You set your schedule! As the Town of Dennis owns these three museums, joining one of these committees supports the Town, the individual museum and the Dennis Historical Society that owns most of the artifacts on display.

Have an idea you would like to share? CONTACT US!!


Financial Contributions

Dues and donations solely fund the Dennis Historical Society. Book sales replenish our Publishing Fund.
There are three ways that you can be of great help:

Annual Appeal (Please read the 2018 Annual Appeal Message. You can download a printable Annual Appeal form.)

The Dennis Historical Society was founded 52 years ago to preserve and teach the history of Dennis. Through our collections, our historic buildings including the Josiah Dennis Manse, Jericho House and Barn, West Dennis Graded School House and Rose Victorian, as well as our diverse programming, exhibits and publications, we protect our town's rich history. Sea captains, salt works, antique homes, digitized archival records, beautiful coverlets... there are many stories to tell our visitors.

The Society operates on a modest budget with revenues derived primarily from membership dues, grants and donations. We do not have an endowment fund. We are conducting our annual appeal this year with the general goal of raising funds to enhance and expand our programming and help support and protect our historic collections. In addition, we have identified a project in need of funding at each of our four historic buildings.

We ask you to give either to our general fund or if you would prefer, to one of our specific projects.

We thank you, in advance, for  considering our request.

Your tax free contribution will enable us to continue to fulfill our mission.


If you are donating online, please read the 2017 Annual Appeal Message, make your wish list choice, and after donating, email us to let us know it.

Two Easy Ways to Contribute to the Annual Appeal

Here is my / our gift to support the ongoing efforts of The Dennis Historical Society:
▢ $25 ▢ $30 ▢ $50 ▢ $100 ▢ $250 ▢ Other ______

Read the 2018 Annual Appeal Message
By mail:
With this printable form
Mail your Annual Appeal form and your check, payable to:
Dennis Historical Society
P.O. Box 607
South Dennis, MA 20660
Paying by check? 100% of your donation goes to DHS.
Pay Online:
Click the button, then fill in the amount you wish to give


A heartfelt thank you from the Dennis Historical Society to all who contributed to our 2015 Annual Appeal. In addition, we would like to thank the following local businesses for their contributions to the continued success of our Society!

Aquacultural Research Corp. Cape Cod 5 Cent Savings Bank Mid-Cape Home Centers
Aunties' Ice Cream Chapin's Restaurant Nordy's Construction
Barbo's Furniture Hart Farm Nursery O'Reilly & Associates
Baskin's True Value Kate Byron, CRS, Realtor Singer & Singer, LLC
Bass River Marina McPhee Associates of Cape Cod Steele Associates
Bryden & Sullivan Insurance    

Cash Contributions - Tax-deductible cash contributions may be made by check made out to DHS and directed to any of the funds that are listed below.

Bequests - A great way to make sure that your love of history is remembered by future generations is to remember The Dennis Historical Society, Inc. in your will.

Dennis Historical Society - Rail Road

Dennis Historical Society Funds

General Fund - used for general operating expenses of the Society.

History/Publishing Fund - Used to publish relevant histories and articles relating to the Town of Dennis.

Maritime Fund - Established in memory of Robert Eldred Sr. Used for maritime acquisitions (paintings etc.).

Chase Fund - Established in his honor Daniel Chase by his wife. Used to acquire books and ephemera.

Howes Family Fund - Established for donations to DHS for programs, events and projects specifically involving or dedicated to the Howes Family.

Ickes Fund - Funded by the estate of Ms. Marguerite Ickes. For programs and lectures to be originated or conducted at the Josiah Dennis Manse and West Dennis Schoolhouse and land surrounding these buildings or renovations and improvements on said buildings and grounds. These funds can be used for acquisitions to enhance programs.

Friends of West Dennis Graded School House - Used with the approval of the said committee.

Jericho Fund - Used for Jericho with the approval of the said committee.

Scholarship Fund - Established to assist a Dennis resident and graduating senior of Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School who has been accepted and is planning to attend a four year college or university majoring in education or history.

Van Inderstine Fund - Established to honor Raymond and Mildred Van Inderstine by son Harry, his wife Pamela and their daughter Megan, the fund is used for the storage, protection and preservation of environmentally sensitive artifacts when they are not on display.

Rose Victorian Fund – As we strive to improve the only DHS owned building, contributions are welcomed for replacing our Fence and Paint Fund.

Memorial Funds - Funded through donations in honor of family and friends, in memory of loved ones, endowments, and for those deceased whose instructions indicated that donations be made to DHS. These funds shall be used for purposes decided and voted upon by the Executive Board.

Artifact Contributions

Please see “Donating Items” on the Archives page.

Dennis Historical Society - Highbank Tollhouse