The Holidays Are Here!
We closed out our annual season with our holiday celebration during Amherst Arts Night Plus on Thursday December 7th, with carolling, candles, and holiday cheer. We’d like to thank everyone who stopped by for making our holiday celebration a grand success, and everyone for making 2017 a great year for the Amherst History Museum. We hope you stop by in the new year!
Gear Up for the 2nd Annual Ski and Winter Gear Sale
We’re holding our 2nd annual ski and winter gear sale on Friday evening, January 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, January 6th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crocker Farm Elementary School, 280 West Street, Amherst. The school’s cafetorium will be transformed into a ski market with experts on hand to assist everyone with their selection to ensure that you buy just the right items and the right sizes. (more information here)
We are also is collecting gently used skis, snowboards, and skates to resell on a 50/50 consignment at the sale. Recycle your out-grown and gently used winter equipment and put cash in your pocket, while supporting local history! (more information here)
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.