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The town of Needham was active in the Revolutionary War and the Industrial Revolution and continued its evolution over the years to become a very productive suburb of Boston in the latter half of the twentieth century. From streetcar suburb to bedroom and business community, Needham developed over time as a vital contributor to the metropolitan region. Through the years, Needham has been home to a number of regional attractions and famous citizens. In 1876, several large structures were moved from the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition to form the basis of the Baker-Ridge Hill resort and pleasure garden, comparable in its time to the theme parks of today. Botanist Denys Zirngiebel developed the giant Swiss pansy in Needham; and Zirngiebel's grandson, N.C. Wyeth, painted many of his famous works of art in town. Needham has historically given a great deal to residents of the area, and it is with great pleasure that the members of the Needham Historical Society present this visual record of the town's achievements.
ISBN: 9780738565460
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The Needham historical Society has gathered information and photographs from its archives, from the Needham Free Public Library, and from many interested citizens to compile this tribute to the town's heritage. Society members hope that their efforts will promote an awareness of the need to preserve community history and invigorate local pride.
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