Needham History Center & Museum Needham History Center & Museum, Needham Massachusetts 02492





PLEASE NOTE – Because of COVID restrictions on occupancy, we will not be able to take new volunteers before January 2020.  Please check back then, or feel free to express interest now, and I will get back to you about starting later in the year.

Thank you – Your help is truly appreciated!


Join a Committee!  We welcome your help, and you will have an opportunity to become more involved in the work of the Needham History Center & Museum.  Fill out the Volunteer Form or Please feel free to call Gloria if you have questions or need more information (781-455-8860 or  Thanks!

Docents – Docents assist visitors with directions, information, and questions.  We would like to build up a corps of docents to keep the house open for longer hours, and engage with our visitors.  We provide necessary information and training. Min. commitment – 2 hours weekly.

Gift Shop – Help to run our Gift and Book Store, and Heirloom Shop.  Also assists Retail Committee with sales logistics and strategies for increasing patronage and revenue.  Min. commitment – 2 hours weekly.

Membership and Fundraising – The two committees work together, since they often address the same concerns.  The Membership Committee devises strategies to develop and retain new members, and increase member participation in Society events.  The Fundraising Committee pursues short- and long-term strategies for increasing fundraising performance to support operations and Endowment.

Program and Hospitality – Plans and schedules the annual calendar of program events and secures speakers.  Members attend the monthly programs and assist with membership solicitation, the speaker’s requirements and equipment. Plans members’ receptions at monthly programs and special events; coordinates refreshments, develops a list of people/businesses willing to provide food or support for receptions, etc.

Special Events – Three subcommittees coordinate the activities, participants, and logistics of the three annual events – Pansy Day, the Chocolate and Champagne party, and Needham’s Walk Through History.  The Committees are responsible for determining dates; securing sponsors, vendors, and gift donors;  coordinating volunteer assistance; and setting up/breaking down.

  • Pansy Day – in April, celebrates Spring and Needham’s official flower, with sales, planting workshops, and activities for kids
  • the Chocolate and Champagne Party – our main fundraiser, in early February (just in time for Valentine’s Day!)  Features local vendors of chocolates and chocolate desserts, accompanied by wine and champagne, and a silent auction.
  • Needham’s Walk through History – in October, our fall fundraising event.  A self-guided tour (walk, bike or drive) of historic locations in Needham.  Signboards at the locations tell the history of each place; five Hubs along the route have more information, and docents available to tell stories, answer questions, etc