New England Pie: History Under a Crust
Robert Cox – Special Collections, UMass/Amherst
Friday, October 9, 2015
Thanksgiving is coming, with its featured dishes of roast turkey and pie. In October of 2015, Dr Robert Cox gave the History Society a lecture based on material in his book, New England Pie, History under a Crust, which can give us food for thought on this holiday.
Pie has been a delectable centerpiece of Yankee tables since Europeans first landed on New England’s shores in the seventeenth century. In this lecture, Dr Cox considers considers not just different types of pie, but also the evolution of the piecrust, which used to be so impermeable that meat pies would last long enough to be shipped through the mail.
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.