Needham Historical Society Needham Historical Society, Needham Massachusetts 02492

Calendar & Events, 2016 – 2017


Calendar & Events, 2016 – 2017

All Programs take place at the Needham Historical Society’s Upper Falls Schoolhouse (1147 Central Avenue), and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Also check out our History Book Group!

Sunday, October 2nd, 11 am to 3 pm – Needham’s Walk thru History
It’s FREE!  Maps and information at

NEW! Friday, October 14, 10am to 11am – Story Hour at the Little Red Schoolhouse
Meet local author Keri Claiborne Boyle and hear her new title Teddy the Dog: Be Your Own Dog. (  Keri will read her tale, show children how a ‘book is born’ and even let the audience help her draft a sentence or two for her next book.  Teddy is also illustrated by Jonathan Sneider – a 2004 graduate of Needham High School.  Fun craft and snack included!  This program is free and open to ages 0-6.  (Free parking available in the Newman School lot.)

November 13, Sunday, 2 pm  – Lights! Illuminations! Cheers! Needham as a Trolley Car Suburb.  Gloria Greis, Executive Director, Needham Historical Society.
Needham started as a waystation on the coach road, and ended up as a hub on the information superhighway.  How transportation created and transformed our town.

December 11, Sunday, 2:30 – 4 pm – Pop-Up Museum and Holiday Reception
Bring one of your own treasures for an impromptu exhibit – show-and-tell for grownups!  Share your stories – and some refreshments!  CLICK HERE for information.

January 22, Sunday, 2 pm  – Beautiful & Bizarre: William Baker’s Ridge Hill Farms.
A film by Derick Risner.  Widely regarded as America’s first amusement park, the Baker Estate embodied Baker’s extraordinary passion for social and economic reform, experimental agriculture, bad puns and practical jokes.

February 4, Saturday, 7 – 11 pm  –  Carnival!
Music, games of chance, good food and drink – and who’s behind that mysterious mask?  Tickets / information available in November.

February 11, Sunday, 2pm – When America First Met China.  Eric Jay Dolin, author.  
Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of 19th-century opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.

March 12, Sunday, 2 pm – The Race Underground.  Doug Most, author.  Local Author!
Two brothers from one of the nation’s great families – Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York – each pursued the dream of his city digging America’s first subway, and the race was on!  Soon to be a PBS/American Experience documentary film!

April 8, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm  –  the 35th Annual Pansy Day
For kids and adults – Celebrate Spring, and Needham’s official flower!

April 23, Sunday, 2 pm  – Patriots & Pirates: NC Wyeth and Needham.  Gloria Greis, Executive Director, Needham Historical Society.  At NORTH HILL, 865 Central Avenue, Needham.

May 25, Thursday, 6 pm – the Needham Historical Society Annual Meeting
At the Needham Historical Society.  Tickets and information will be available in March.


We thank our Program Sponsor, North Hill

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