Needham History Center & Museum

History Book Group

Please join the Needham History Center & Museum Book Group.
All who enjoy reading books based on history are welcome! 

We meet at the Needham History Center at 12:00 pm so feel free to bring your lunch!  We read a wide range of books in history, biography, and current issues – see the past lists for a better idea. Fiction is also welcome, as long as the history is good. You are also invited to bring some suggestions for future books. Contact us for more information or questions.

History Book Group – 2024-2025 Schedule:

September 24 – The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Cod Story (John Taylor Williams)

October 22Bernard Berenson: a Life in the Picture Trade (Rachel Cohen)

December 10The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: the Life and Times of Jacob Fugger (Greg Steinmetz)

January 28, 2025James (Percival Everett)

February 25Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson)

March 25 – TBD

April 22The Minutemen and Their World (Robert Gross). Look for the recent revised/updated version.

May 27 – TBD

June – TBD – This is usually a group outing/field trip to a place relevant to the year’s reading.

Book Group to Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

Photo: The book group went to Cape Ann in 2019, following in the footsteps of The Last Days of Dogtown (Anita Diamant) and The Last Fish Tale (Mark Kurlansky) – visiting Dogtown, the Cape Anne Museum, and Hammond Castle, with a brief stop for lunch on the harbor.