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Please visit the Gift and Book Shop at the Needham Historical Society for a selection of books and maps of Needham History, gifts and pansy-related items.

1147 Central Avenue, Needham, MA.
Open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm,
or call 781-455-8860 for holiday / additional hours and information.

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SPECIAL - for the Holidays!
NC WYETH HOLIDAY CARDS - $18.00
12 cards with envelopes; inside reads "Season's Greetings"
The Needham Historical Society's beloved "Christmas Morning" (also called "Winter") shows Wyeth's grandfather and his youngest brother in front of their Needham home. A unique touch of Needham for your holiday greetings!


Ornaments
TERCENTENNIAL ORNAMENT - $20
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HISTORICAL SOCIETY ORNAMENT - $20
Depicting the Mills House (1834) and the Upper Falls School (1842), to celebrate the opening of our new home in 2006. See larger image


TOWN HALL ORNAMENT - $20
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NEEDHAM HIGH SCHOOL ORNAMENT - $20
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The BLUE TREE - $20
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Collectible Plate
COMMEMORATIVE PLATE - now $25.00
Depicting the Mills House (1834) and the Upper Falls School (1842), to celebrate the opening of our new home in 2006. Matches the Historical Society ornament.
SALE! was $37.50 ~ Save 33%


Books
IMAGES of AMERICA: NEEDHAM - $20.00
Carol Johnson Boulris, Editor; with Henry F. Hicks, Pauline M. Attridge, and Elizabeth L. Rich (1997).
Needham's entry in the popular Arcadia Press Images of America series. Over 250 historic photos of the notable citizens, landmarks and events that shaped our town.


THE BAKER ESTATE, or Ridge Hill Farms - $10.00
by Leslie G. Crumbaker (Revised edition, 1999)
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. Illustrated with historic photos.


The FERNS & FINS GUIDE
to Sidewalk Journeys in Needham - $10.00
Directions, maps and walking guides to 16 pleasant walks along the Needham streets. Lasting from 20 minutes to an hour, or combine a few for a more challenging walk. See your neighborhood (or someone else's!) in a whole new way.


Maps
PANORAMIC MAPS, 1887 - $8.00
Needham Center or Highlandville (Needham Heights)
Bird's-eye views of the town centers as they appeared in 1887 (approx. 26" x 22").


DVDs
NEEDHAM in the 1900s - $15.00
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)


RETURN to NORUMBEGA - $15.00
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)


Note Cards
BIRDS, Timothy Otis Fuller - $8.00
4 cards/envelopes. Four design, blank inside: Sparrows, Warblers, Longspurs, Woodpeckers. See all 4 images
Timothy Otis Fuller (1845-1916) was a self-taught naturalist and artist. The Needham Historical Society owns four of Fuller's ornithology field journals, in which he recorded his observations on the local birds. The journals were illustrated by Fuller with finely-detailed watercolor paintings. (See more about Fuller!)


VICTORIAN NEEDHAM, 1880 - $8.00
4 cards/envelopes. Four designs, blank inside: Italian Garden (Baker Estate), Great Plain at Chestnut, Center Station, Odd Fellows' Hall (Great Plain at Chapel). See all 4 images
In the 1880s and 90s, Needham was home to several photography studios. As a result, the photographic record of Victorian Needham is especially rich.


WYETH PANSIES - $8.00
4 cards/envelopes. One design, blank inside.
The Needham Historical Society obtained permission from Andrew Wyeth to reprint his watercolor sketch , “Pansies.” The sketch was a study for a painting called “Weatherside,” a part of his series Christina’s World.


POSTCARDS - $1.00 each / $5.00 for six
6 scenes: Town Hall, High Rock, Echo Bridge, Emery Grover Bldg., Highland Ave., Junction Station
Reproductions of color postcards of town scenes. The originals were made between 1907 and 1915.


Others
NDM STICKERS/CLINGS - $3.00
Sylish and slightly enigmatic. Show the world that you are proud to live
in NeeDhaM. Comes as a sticker or a vinyl cling.


PLUS - Pansy-themed gifts, and more!


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