A History of the South Amherst Common
Friday, March 18, 12:15p.m.
Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St, Amherst MA
Rachel Hare Mustin will present an account of how the South Amherst Common evolved from 1703, when Amherst was still the East Precinct of Hadley, until today. Early houses were built on the Common, as well as a number of buildings for “common uses” over the years, such as the church, the parish house, the school, the library, the former post office and general store, and the former Poor Farm, as well as the cemetery. Today the South Amherst Common, including nine homes, three barns, and “public buildings,” is on the National Registry of Historic Districts.
Ms. Mustin lives on South East Street facing the South Amherst Common. She moved to Amherst in 2001 from the Philadelphia area and became interested in researching the history of the South Amherst Common. She is a feminist theorist and clinical psychologist who has been a faculty member at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Her many publications include studies of the social interaction of families and communities and professional ethics. In Amherst, she has been Secretary of the League of Women Voters, on the Amherst Cultural Council, and active in Learning in Retirement, and the Amherst Club.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon.
April 1: Ann Tweedy, Amherst BID, Shays Rebellion and the Dickinson Family
April 15: Tim Barker, UMass, Archeology at the Strong House
April 29: Rebecca Fricke, Sally Dillon & Flo Rosenstock, Fiber Artists of Western MA, Artifacts Inspire