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Bank robberies and fires? Needham Historical Society plans History Walk for Oct. 14

Posted by Evan Allen  October 4, 2012 10:36 AM

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Photo courtesy of Needham Historical Society
Whetton's Store c. 1915

Ever heard of the Needham Bank Robbery? Know the story behind the Odd Fellows’ Fire?

All those familiar Needham haunts you thought you knew will on Oct. 14 be revealing their 300-year history, with the Needham Historical Society’s History Walk.

The Historical Society will set up signs highlighting specific landmarks and their history throughout town, and along the route are six Hubs, where speakers will be stationed to tell stories and answer questions.

There will be a Scavenger Hunt for children, and people who answer questions along the walk can win prizes. Scavenger Hunt lists can be picked up at the Hubs.

For Needhamites who have done the walk in the past, there is a new loop this year – the Needham Heights Loop, where walkers can learn about knitting mills, the original public library, and Needham’s first telephone.

The walk is sponsored Needham Bank and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham, and lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information can be found here. http://needhamhistory.org/calendar-events/historywalk/

A map can be found here. http://needhamhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Walk-Map-20122.pdf

The Historical Society’s Facebook page can be found here. http://www.facebook.com/NeedhamHistoricalSociety

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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