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! 

You are also invited to bring some suggestions for future books. We meet at the Needham History Center at 1pm  to 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. Contact us for more information or questions.

History Book Group – 2022-2023 Schedule:

September 27 We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence (Becky Cooper)
October 25 The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams)
November 29 Beheld (TaraShea Nesbit)
January 24, 2023 Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Isabel Wilkerson)
February 28 – reader’s choice/discuss both:
   The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek (Kim Michele Richardson)
   The Book Woman’s Daughter (Kim Michele Richardson)
March 28Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Patrick Keefe)
April 25 – Remember Me to All the Friends:
Civil War letters from George W. Harwood, Massachusetts 36th (Janet M. Drake)
May 23Travels with George:In Search of Washington and His Legacy (Nathaniel Philbrick)
June 27 – TBD – In past years this has been a group outing/field trip.

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.