The museum is closed for the season.
The Amherst History Museum is located at 67 Amity Street in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Amherst History Museum opened in 1916 and is governed by the Amherst Historical Society, which was founded in 1899. Housed in the 1750-era Simeon Strong House, the Amherst History Museum takes visitors on a journey from the town’s colonial past, through its industrial age and into the computer-driven present. The Museum is filled with decorative arts, paintings, household implements, agricultural tools and other pieces of history from the nearly three hundred years since Amherst was settled.
The 2023 season at the Strong House brought a fresh look at our founder, Mabel Loomis Todd with ‘The Magnificent Life & Art of Mabel Loomis Todd.’ This exhibit explored Todd’s work as a nature writer, painter, conservationist, lecturer, and the editor of Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
The AHS ‘Groom Tree’
Help support the 'Groom Tree'
Last year, the Town’s Department of Public Works and the Historical Society together received an Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant to sustain the Groom Tree for years to come. As part of the grant, a fund to support the ongoing care and maintenance of the tree has been established. Help us preserve the history and stories of our community. Make a donation to help us continue to care for the Groom Tree.
Amherst Historical Society: Upcoming Events
The notion of ‘high school’ has been a consistent part of the American experience in many cities and towns over the last century. But in the town of Amherst Massachusetts there have been four (4) different college-preparatory schools over the span of 200+ years and our community can boast of a n...
Well-known as a botanical hotspot, fabled for its ferns and orchids, Mount Toby's full spectrum of diversity on the mountain continues to surprise and intrigue even seasoned botanists.
Author Lee McColgan’s account of his efforts at restoring an old house expertly examines our relationship to history through the homes we inhabit, beautifully articulating the philosophy of preserving the past to find purpose for the future.
A glimpse into the Amherst History Museum’s permanent collection:
Join us on Sunday, January 28, from 4 to 5 PM at the Munson Library in South Amherst for this free and informative event, as part of Winterfest in Amherst, MA! The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century.
Thanksgiving Day in the United States may trace its origins back to the English Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving, and it retains many of the trappings of a harvest festival, even though it is now observed well after the fall harvest is in.
When the four Quabbin towns were disincorporated in April of 1938 it was more than just a legal decision. Families which had lived in the towns for generations were forced to move, separating from...
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Fricke
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‘History Bites’–Highlights from past seasons
19th Century Spiritualism
Robert Cox – Director of Special Collections at UMass
Dec. 21, 2018
The AHS Bookstore
Help support the Amherst Historical Society! Shop our online store for books that highlight the history of Amherst. Titles include:
- Amherst A to Z by Elizabeth M. Sharpe
- Amherst and Hadley Through the Seasons by Daniel Lombardi
- Harvesting History by Sheila Rainford and Ruth Owen Jones
- History of the Black Population of Amherst 1728-1870 by James Avery Smith
- The Letters of Lathrop & Pomeroy by Lucy Whitelaw Rexford
- The Writing Master, by Kitty Burns Florey