Needham Historical Society Needham Historical Society, Needham Massachusetts 02492

Calendar & Events, 2014 – 2015

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!

September 28th, Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm – Needham’s Walk thru History
It’s FREE!  Maps and information at

October 19, Sunday, 2 – 4 pm – Needham Goes Over There –  Needham, the War, and the Home Front in World War 1.
The first exhibit in our Bud Roche Gallery commemorates the centennial of WW1 with clothing, uniforms, and memorabilia from the Home Front. Join us for an exhibit opening and reception.

October 25, Saturday, 11 am – 1 pm – Trolley Tour of Needham History, with Henry Hicks
Take a trolley ride around Needham’s most interesting historic places, guided by Needham historian Henry Hicks.  From the Heights to High Rock, Henry will share history, anecdotes, and reminiscences about the events and places that have shaped our town, and continue to influence us today.  Reservations required – 781-455-8860.

November 9, Sunday, 1 pm – Colonial Costume for American Girls
Join Jane Graham for an American Girl-themed colonial tea party, and a presentation on colonial dress and culture.  Co-Sponsored by the Col. McIntosh Chapter, NSDAR, and the Needham Historical Society.

November 16, Sunday, 2 pm – Something Old, Something New: the Barbary Pirates of the 1800s and Pirates Today.
Join Needham resident and historian Bob Begin for an adventurous voyage through the past and present of piracy on the High Seas.

January  25, Sunday, 2 – 4 pm – The History of Needham in 100 Objects. 
POSTPONED!  Will open in April – check back for date.
100 Objects for 100 years!  An exhibit opening and reception to celebrate the Needham Historical Society’s Centennial and the best of its collections.

February 7, Saturday, 7 pm – Midnight  – Dancing with the Needham Stars… A Centennial Gala
Special Needham Historical Society edition.  Tickets and information HERE.

February 15, Sunday, 2 pm – Return to Norumbega (a film by Joseph Hunter).
Do you remember dancing at the Totem Pole Ballroom?  Just in time for Valentine’s Day – a humerous, nostalgic, and affectionate  look at Norumbega Park in its heyday.

March 15, Sunday, 2 pm – The Gravestone Girls: Welcome to the Graveyard.  At North Hill, 865 Central Avenue, Needham.
A presentation about cemetery art and symbolism, with special reference to our own Needham cemeteries.  The Girls – Putting the “rave” back in “grave”!

April 4, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm – the 33d Annual Pansy Day
Come celebrate Spring and Needham’s official flower!

May 14, Thursday, 6 – 9 pm – the Needham Historical Society Annual Meeting
At the Needham Golf Club.  Tickets and information will be available in February.


We thank our Program Sponsor, North Hill

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