Beautiful & Bizarre: William Baker's Ridge Hill Farms (DVD format)
In the 1860s, William Emerson Baker retired from his sewing machine business with a vast fortune and purchased nearly 800 acres in Needham - the famous Ridge Hill Farms. Widely regarded as America's first amusement park, Ridge Hill Farms embodied Baker's extraordinary passion for social and economic reform, experimental agriculture, bad puns and practical jokes. (Run time, 60 minutes).
Beautiful & Bizarre: William Baker's Ridge Hill Farms (Blu-Ray format)
Big Little Town: the Story of Needham - DVD format
Before there was a United States, there was a NEEDHAM.
This small town transformed itself, over 300 years, from a sleepy farming village, to a thriving mill center, to an ethnic melting pot, to an industrial showplace, to an affluent suburb. It is the story of America - told with humor, drama and unforgettable characters.
A film by Kathryn Dietz and Marc Mandel. Narrated by Natalie Jacobson. Presented by the Needham Historical Society,
The Needham Channel and Needham 300. (Run time - 64 minutes)
Big Little Town: the Story of Needham - Blu-Ray format
The MILLEN-FABER GANG
A Film by Derick Risner. Presented by the Needham Channel and the Needham Historical Society.
On February 2, 1934, three men robbed the Needham Trust Company, killing two Needham police officers - the first and only time Needham officers were killed in the line of duty. The robbery is well-remembered in town lore, but the story of the robbers is all but forgotten. (DVD - Run time, 87 minutes)
RETURN to NORUMBEGA
A film by Joseph Hunter; Written and narrated by Robert Pollack. (2005).
Do you remember dancing at the Totem Pole Ballroom? A nostalgic and affectionate look at Newton's Norumbega Park in its heyday. Historic photos, commentary and interviews with musicians who played at the Ballroom in its final decade. (DVD - Run time, 45 minutes)
NEEDHAM in the 1900s
A joint video production of the Needham Historical Society and The Needham Channel (NCTDC) (2002). Produced and Narrated by Marc Mandel, NCTDC; Commentary by Gloria Polizzotti Greis, NHS.
"Needham in the 1900s" looks at changing life in Needham at the turn of the 20th Century. Using historic photos from the Needham Historical Society’s collections, this film looks at Needham’s transformation from farming village to modern town. (DVD - Run time, c. 20 minutes)