The Dedham Historical Society and Museum, 612 High St., has postponed both March programs due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

The Dedham Historical Society and Museum, 612 High St., has postponed both March programs due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus.

7 p.m. Thursday, March 19

Parades in New England, 1788-1940

For centuries Americans have celebrated their public identity with parades. Marching politicians and soldiers, stirring music, flags and banners, and colorful floats set forth on the stage of town after town to symbolize traditions and values that Americans hold dear. This talk will explore both story and significance of parades in New England from the time of those celebrating the ratification of the Constitution in 1788 to the Tercentenary celebrations of the 1920s and 1930s, including rare views of Dedham celebrations preserved in the collections of the Dedham Historical Society & Museum. Speaker Jane Nylander, president emerita of Historic New England, is a well-known author and lecturer who will offer the audience an illustrated preview of her forthcoming book, “The Best Ever, Parades in New England, 1788 to 1940." The 2019-2020 lecture series is generously sponsored by David G. Newsom. Members free; not yet members: $10.

4 p.m. Saturday, March 21

Harpsichord & Flute Ensemble Performance

Join us for the rare opportunity — and the first ever at the museum — to hear the Amaranti Ensemble perform music from the late 18th and early 19th centuries on a Baroque flute and harpsichord. In addition to early music from England and Spain, a very special offering of music will be performed from the archives of the museum, specifically from “A Favourite Selection of Music: Adapted to the Piano Forte.” This book of “Songs, Airs, Marches, etc.” was printed and sold by Herman Mann of Dedham in 1806. Among the published songs and dances are “Address to a Tuft of Violets,” “Cottage in the Grove,” “Drink to me Only, a Favorite Glee,” “Bonny Doon,” and others. Don’t miss this magical performance. To learn more about Amaranti Ensamble, visit amarantiensemble.com. Tickets to this Dedham Historical Society & Museum event are $20.

To purchase tickets for either or both programs and for more information, visit dedhamhistorical.org or call 781-326-1385.