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Needham History Center & Museum Book Group


    Needham History Center & Museum Book Group

    Summer Reading!

    Join us on June 26th for our annual field trip – this year we are visiting the Cape Ann Museum and touring around Gloucester.

    Then join us on September 26th, when we read The Last Fish Tale:  the Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town, by Mark Kurlansky. 

    All are welcome, but reservations are required for the Cape Ann trip.  Please call Gloria ( or 781-455-8860) for times and information.


    Please join the Needham History Center & Museum Book Group!

    Our upcoming meeting schedule is below.  All who enjoy reading books based on history are welcome!  You are also  invited to bring some suggestions for future books.

    Criteria for future reads are any work that is based on history and is easily available at the Library, in paperback and/or e-reader.  Fiction is welcome, as long as the history is good.

    Needham History Center & Museum History Book Group
    Meetings are at 10:00 am on the fourth Tuesday of each month (September to June), at the Needham History Center & Museum, 1147 Central Avenue

    2017 – 2018  Schedule:

    September 26Hamilton (Ron Chernow)

    October 24SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (Mary Beard)

    November 28Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

    For December – We are not meeting in December, but we suggest reading Blizzard of Glass – The Halifax Explosion of 1917 (Sally M Walker). In December 1917, two munitions ships collided in the harbor at Halifax, Nova Scotia. The resulting explosion leveled the town and killed more than 2000 people. Massachusetts got the news by telegraph, and the Boston Red Cross and MA Public Safety Committee had a train full of supplies and responders on the way within hours.  Every year, the city of Halifax sends the city of Boston a huge Christmas tree as a gift, as a thank you for the rapid assistance that this area provided for Halifax during this terrible tragedy.

    January 23 – Hillbilly Elegy (JD Vance)

    February 27The Gods of Gotham (Lindsay Faye)

    March 27Sisters In Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court (Linda Hirshman)

    April 24The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (Stephen Greenblatt)

    May 22The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman (Nancy Marie Brown)

    June 26 – Book Group field trip to Gloucester, in preparation for our summer read – The Last Fish Tale.

    September 25The Last Fish Tale (Mark Kurlansky)

    See our reading lists from previous years.