Shays’ Rebellion and the Dickinson Family
Friday April 1, 12:15p.m.
Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St, Amherst MA
Shays’ Rebellion was more than the culminating moment of the raid on the Springfield Armory in 1787. It involved protests and vocal opposition to the taxation levied by the new state’s government in Boston. Ann Tweedy will share her ongoing research on this subject and provide a look at the people who supported the revolt, including the Dickinson family of Amherst and other prominent families in the region.
Many of the Shays’ Rebellion participants in the Pioneer Valley were poor farmers and merchants who had left home and harvest countless times to fight for England in colonial wars, and then fight against England for independence.
In the scope of American history, the rebellion has been largely forgotten. However, it stands as an important illustrative episode of the post-Revolution political atmosphere. What shaped the decisions of leading figures to stand with or against The Regulars (as the men who followed Daniel Shays were known) and did those who signed a required oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth truly stand behind their signatures?
Ann Tweedy is a freelance writer and researcher. She presently works as the Marketing Director at the Amherst Business Improvement District.
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. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
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