November 26, 2020

The Needham Channel

Your Town…Your Neighbors…Your Television!

Historical Documentaries:

Works in Collaboration with the Needham History Center and Museum

  • Episode 1: The Parker School
    Runtime: 8 minutes
Needham School Houses
The public education of children has changed greatly over the years. One way to mark the differences in educational standards is to look at the structures put in place to carry out that mission. In this ground-breaking series of short documentaries, the Needham History Center and Museum teams up with documentarian Derick Risner to explore Needham's rich educational past, present and future.

2018 - 2021 • Runtime: varies per episode
Beautiful & Bizarre: William Baker's Ridge Hill Farms
William Emerson Baker lived two lives: one as an successful entrepreneur who founded one of the largest sewing machine companies in the world, the other as a wealthy eccentric who built what many call America's first amusement park.

2016 • Runtime: 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Millen-Faber Gang
During the 1930s there were many gangs roaming the midwest robbing banks and having shootouts with cops. What you may not know is that we had a gang of our own that terrorized Massachusetts in 1933-34. Their biggest crime was right here in Needham.

2013 • Runtime: 1 hour, 28 minutes
Big Little Town: The Story of Needham
Explore 300 years of Needham History in this wonderfully collaborative effort by The Needham Channel, The Needham History Center and Museum and filmmaker Kathryn Dietz. This project was supported by the efforts of the Needham Tercentennial Committee.

2012 • Runtime: 1 hour, 5 minutes