Little Women Bookclub
Explore an old classic with the Amherst Historical Society! Join us monthly for a casual bookclub and leading up to and beyond the release of the new movie, Little Women (2019). Snack on refreshments while revisiting the world of Louisa May Alcott’s enduring exploration of coming-of-age, sisterhood, and purpose in a family apart and an era of war. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss a favorite or least favorite scene and character. Readers of all ages and experiences are welcome and encouraged to come! Whether the stories of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are new to you or Little Women is a thumbed-through classic in your home, you are sure to find something new.
Our first Little Women Bookclub will be held on Thursday, October 24th from 5-7pm. This first meeting we will focus on the first volume of the book, as well as put a spotlight on a little of the history of women and families like the March family in the 19th century.
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to email@example.com!
Jews and Puritans in Early America
October 11, 2019 12:15 PM
Dr. Michael Hoberman
Join us for the latest of our History Bites Lunchtime Lectures, on October 11th, at 12:15 in the Jones’ Library Woodbury Room! When the early New England Puritans chose to reject the excessive ritual and structure of the Roman Catholic and established Anglican churches, they went back to the Bible for guidance and found a ready-to-hand model for governance in its depiction of the Old-Testament Jews. But the colonists’ relations with contemporary Jews were more problematic, as was the effort to apply Biblical law to their everyday problems and the issues involved in transatlantic trade.
Dr Michael Hoberman of Fitchburg State University is the author of New Israel/New England. He will share the findings of his historical studies in the American colonial era.
Soap, Water, and Wool!
Dressing Up, Dressing Down
Come explore our new exhibit, “Dressing Up: Women’s Fashion Through the Gilded Age” curated by Hampshire College thesis student Molly O’Donnell! This exhibit examines the dichotomy of public/private presentation through an exploration of women’s ‘house’ and ‘street’ clothes throughout the 19th century! This is your chance to see a beautifully curated collected of dresses from our clothing collection all on display at once, and learn about the evolution of women’s fashion in 19th century America.