Live! 2021 Summer Concert Series
Join us for some summer fun, outside at the Simeon Strong House at 67 Strong Street. Free and open to the public, bring a blanket or folding chair! More Details. . .
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 Amherst History Museum looks forward to opening on Saturday afternoon, September 4, 2021.
‘History Bites’ Lunchtime Lecture Series is back Live!
The Amherst Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of ‘History Bites,’ our popular 30-minute lunchtime lecture series on various aspects of the history of Amherst. Take a look at the upcoming schedule, and be sure to check out these videos of some of our most popular lectures from recent years. All lectures will start at noon at the Amherst History Museum at the Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA.
Susan Ashman, a park ranger at the Springfield Armory, will share her process of historical discovery. Starting with only a Civil War-era rifle, and the name R H Weakley carved on the stock, she was able to unravel the story of the man behind the name.
After the success of the Erie Canal, canals were proposed in many areas of the young United States. Robert Madison will share his research with us, regarding the effort to build a canal from Northampton to New Haven. Begun in 1822 and completed in 1835, the canal only operated until 1847, when it was rendered obsolete by the railroad.
19th Century Spiritualism
Robert Cox – Director of Special Collections at UMass
Dec. 21, 2018
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