Peace, Love, and Groove
Get decked out in your grooviest threads and burn rubber down to the Pacific Lodge on Friday, April 6th for a far-out evening of 1960s fun! The party starts at 7:00 sharp!
Tickets are $75.00 per person and include tracks spun by a fabulous DJ, lots of hors d’oeuvres and a drink of your choice (and a cash bar if more is desired). Period dress is encouraged but not required!
All proceeds go to support the Amherst Historical Society.
Mabel Loomis Todd’s Amherst – A Motorbus Excursion
Join us on Saturday, April 28th from 1 o’clock to 5 o’clock to experience Mabel Loomis Todd’s Amherst—from her earliest residence at the Amherst House hotel to her final resting place in Wildwood Cemetery. This extended tour given from Mrs. Todd’s perspective will be narrated by Dr. Julie Dobrow as we travel in motorbus comfort with stops at the Homestead and Evergreens, the Observatory, and Wildwood Cemetery. Be prepared to learn about the artistic and literary achievements that made Mabel extraordinary in her own day, and a fascinating person to study today.
History Bites Lunchtime Lectures
With February comes a whole new season of History Bites, our lunchtime lecture series. History Bites is a series of thirty minute lectures to inform and entertain, covering various aspects of the history of Amherst and the lives of those who once lived here.
To kick off the season, Marjorie Senechal will present a talk on Friday, February 23rd about molecular biologist Dorothy Wrinch and the ‘Protein War,’ a scientific controversy sparked by her protein molecular model in the 1930s. Bring your lunch, and we provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The programs begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
On Wednesday, November 1st, second graders from the Common School visited the Jones Special Collections and the Amherst Historical Society!
The kids got a great look into how history is researched and collected by exploring the collections of artifacts and primary documents. At the Historical Society, they examined straw hats, a wooden yoke, a wooden scythe and a wooden plane and practiced making inferences about the objects using what they had learned in class. A good time was had by all and we hope the children will become frequent visitors of the museum! Thank you to the teachers for preparing the students so well.
What do you know about Mabel Loomis Todd?
For the majority of those who know her name, she is primarily associated with Amherst as the editor of Emily Dickinson’s poems and letters and her long-term relationship with Emily’s brother Austin. While true to fact, these details miss the spirit of a woman intensely involved in this community from her arrival in 1881 until the Todds moved to Florida in 1917. Those who knew her remembered “her vividness, her love of beauty, her ceaseless activity and her joy in the things she did, what she was is undoubtedly more than anything she did,” recalled her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham, in Mabel Loomis Todd: Her Contributions to the Town of Amherst, our guide for this exhibition.
This exhibit was created with the research and assistance of Dr. Julie Dobrow, author of the upcoming book Outside Emily’s Door: Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham and the Making of America’s Greatest Poet, and Emma John, Hampshire College intern.
This exhibit is now open at the Simeon Strong House.
Read more here.
Sweetser Family Portraits
Portraits are a window into the past. They not only give us information about the people in them, but they also tell us about the world in which these people lived. As both artistic objects and cultural artifacts, they shed light on the various social, aesthetic and economic elements that influenced their creation. Our collection includes two Sweetser Family portraits painted by H.R. Snyder in 1844 and a later portrait of Abby Sweetser by an unknown artist.
These portraits are the subject of recent research by Dr. Ian Cooke who curated this exhibit.
Read more here.