Needham Historical Society Needham Historical Society, Needham Massachusetts 02492

Calendar & Events, 2017 – 2018


Calendar & Events, 2017 – 2018

The new Calendar is on its way!  In the meantime, check out what we did last year – and more to come!

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!

Story Hour at the Little Red Schoolhouse:
Join us for fun-filled hour of new stories and new friends.  Fun craft and snack included!  This program is free and open to ages 0-6.  (Free parking available in the Newman School lot.)

  • October 14, Friday, 10am to 11am
    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.
  • December 9, Friday, 10am to 11am
    Meet Steve Waller, author and owner of Center Cafe in Needham Center, and hear his new children’s fable The Pond MonsterWhat is everyone afraid of?  Is it real or a myth?  Steve will take children on a journey through local ponds with his fantastic photos.
  • March 10, Friday, 10am to 11am
    Meet our celebrity reader Officer Ed Bayiates from the Needham Police Department and hear a classic Berenstain Bears tale, On the Job.  Children will participate in a Q & A with “Officer Eddie” and learn more about the history of the Needham Police Department.
  • May 20, Saturday, 2pm to 3pm
    Meet Concord, MA author Josh Funk ( and hear his title Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast.  Our afternoon brunch snack will be finger-licking good as children visit with Josh, ask questions, and see objects from the Society’s collection.

2016-17 Full Program Schedule:

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.

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

November 13., Sunday, 2 pm  – Patriots & Pirates:  NC Wyeth and Needham.  Gloria Greis, Executive Director, Needham Historical SocietyArtist NC Wyeth moved to Pennsylvania as a young man, but continued to draw solace and inspiration from his childhood and family in Needham.

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!

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  –  Mardi Gras!
Music, games of chance, good food and drink – and who’s behind that mysterious mask?  Join us for our annual fundraising bash! 

March 12, Sunday, 2 pm – The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry that Built America’s First Subway.  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!  Now a PBS/American Experience documentary film! See it on January 31st at 9 pm on WGBH.

April 8, Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm  –  the 35th Annual Pansy Day
For kids and adults – Celebrate Spring, and Needham’s official flower!

April 23, Sunday, 2 pm  – Mr Baker’s Fairyland of the Beautiful and Bizarre.  Gloria Greis, Executive Director, Needham Historical Society.  At NORTH HILL, 865 Central Avenue, Needham.  More Baker!  How this successful businessman used his fortune to create a laboratory for social and health reform, and still have tons of fun along the way.

April 30, 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.  RESCHEDULED from snowy February!

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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