As we look back over 2020, the Amherst Historical Society sees a truly historic year, fraught with a viral pandemic, natural disasters and national political upheaval. Thanks to the generosity of our community AHS continues to preserve the treasured artifacts of Amherst history and to tell its stories, even in the face of a deadly virus!
To all our contributing members and dedicated volunteers, we wish you much happiness during the holidays and good health in 2021!
Not a member yet? Join or renew your membership today at https://amhersthistory.org/ways-to-support-us/
The Amherst Historical Society depends on membership contributions for over half of our budget, including the cost of preserving the Strong House, one of the town’s oldest and most historic buildings and its collection of unique artifacts. With your membership support, AHS can preserve items that show how we coped and survived 2020!
The mission of the Amherst Historical Society is to connect people to the town of Amherst, its history, and its culture.
The Society was founded in 1899 by Mabel Loomis Todd, and in 1916 it moved into the historic Simeon Strong house. Over the years, the Society has collected a wide variety of resources for learning about the town of Amherst. We have artifacts dating back to the earliest days of the town, and papers and photographs from more recent years. On our website you may find links to walking tours of Amherst, a list of books about Amherst, and even a collection of historic postcards.
We host a biweekly lecture series, ‘History Bites,’ as well as evening performances and historic tours. Our eighteenth-century garden is maintained by the Garden Club of Amherst, and last year we hosted a Thursday evening farmers’ and artisans’ market on our front lawn.