Little Women Bookclub meeting on Wednesday, February 19th.
Explore an old classic with the Amherst Historical Society! Join us monthly for a casual bookclub and leading up to and beyond the release of the new movie, Little Women (2019). Snack on refreshments while revisiting the world of Louisa May Alcott’s enduring exploration of coming-of-age, sisterhood, and purpose in a family apart and an era of war. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss a favorite or least favorite scene and character. Readers of all ages and experiences are welcome and encouraged to come! Whether the stories of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March are new to you or Little Women is a thumbed-through classic in your home, you are sure to find something new.
Our third Little Women Bookclub meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19th, from 5-6:30pm. We will talk about the movie released on December 25, 2019 and Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches. Described on the Amazon sale page as “accounts of her work as a volunteer nurse in an army hospital. Written during the winter of 1862–63, her lively dispatches appeared in the newspaper Commonwealth, where they were eagerly read by soldiers’ friends and families. Then, as now, these chronicles revealed the desperate realities of battlefield medicine as well as the tentative first steps of women in military service. ” You can purchase the sketches in print or see them on line for free here.
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org!
March 6, 2020 12:15PM Fence-Viewers of Pelham, Past and Present
In Massachusetts, the position of ‘fence viewer’ was first established in 1693. Early Fence Viewers, armed with wall measurements, and were able to arbitrate and/or prosecute crimes by adjoining farmers. Trespassing by livestock was illegal. Boundaries and fences had to be maintained. If a farmer neglected his fence, his neighbor could do the repairs and charge his nonperforming neighbor twice the cost.
Joseph Larson, one of Pelham’s current Fence Viewers, will explain how this ancient and honorable town position was created in Colonial days. Learn how he became involved, publishing a Handbook on Fence Viewers in Massachusetts. Find out what Fence Viewers actually do today.
The event is at 12:15 in the Jones Library Woodbury Room