You’re Invited!

On Sunday, October 14, 2012, the Needham Historical Society will host its annual Walk through History. As one of the stops on this year’s tour, we’ve put together a special exhibit of some… Continue reading

1907: The Burning of the Mortgage

A $5,000 mortgage may not seem like a huge amount in today’s terms, but it was a substantial burden for a 74-member congregation in 1886. A burden that was complicated over the next… Continue reading

This Old House

This house was purchased from the Needham Historical Society in 1954 and torn down to make room for the construction of our current sanctuary. Related Articles: The 1953 Capital Campaign (Once Upon a… Continue reading

The 1953 Capital Campaign

At the church’s annual meeting in January 1953, the Planning Committee, chaired by Mr. Russell J. Rice, recommended that the church respond to recent increases in membership by adding a new and larger… Continue reading

1923: Order of Service from Dr. Harry W. Kimball’s Installation

Related Articles: The Remarkable Ministry of Dr. Harry W. Kimball (Once Upon a Time in Needham)

1922-1937: The Remarkable Ministry of Dr. Harry W. Kimball

The little plaque on the portrait of Dr. Harry Woods Kimball that hangs in the Linden Room tells anyone who cares to read it that Dr. Kimball served as pastor of our church… Continue reading

Mystery Photo: Scarecrow with Pumpkins

  The archives are full of photos like this one. Charming, evocative, and completely mysterious. Who are these people? What were they doing? Decorating for a Harvest Festival? Performing a play? What year… Continue reading

1924 Capital Campaign

After a fire destroyed the existing church building in January 1924, the Rev. Harry Woods Kimball used the opportunity to build a facility that more closely met his congregation’s needs. The planned building… Continue reading

The 1924 Fire

On Saturday, January 5, 1924, a fire almost completely destroyed the original church building. The Kingsbury, Greene, and Crossman memorial windows, along with the Communion silver, the old bell, some flags, the pulpit,… Continue reading

The Kingsbury Memorial Window

The Kingbury Memorial Window, which commemorates the long service of Dr. A. Dexter Kingsbury as a deacon in the church, was one of the few items to survive the 1924 fire.  Dr. Kingsbury’s… Continue reading

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