19th Century Spiritualism in the Pioneer Valley
Friday, November 16th, 12:15-12:45
On Friday, November 16nd, Head of Special Collections and Archives at UMass Robert Cox will present a talk about the Spiritualist movement in the Pioneer Valley. A product of the “spiritual hothouse” of the Second Great Awakening, Spiritualism became the fastest growing religion in the nation during the 1850s, and was a religion centered around communication with the spirits of the dead, usually through a spirit medium who interpreted the messages of those beyond. How did this powerful movement manifest in the communities of the Pioneer Valley, and what impacts did it leave? What losses and comforts drew local residents to Spiritualism?
The 30-minute program begins promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
As part of the Amherst-wide Lighting of the Merry Maple Festivities, on Friday November 30th, the Simeon Strong House will be hosting storytime with coloring and crafts for children of all ages from 4-7, with a visit from Santa from 6-7 for pictures! This fun, family-friendly event is a perfect kick-off to the holiday season!
For a complete schedule of festivities Amherst-wide and more information on the whole Lighting of the Merry Maple event, click here.
In the words of Doctor Seuss: “There are all kinds of houses around to be found!” Inspired by his joyous portrayal of home, Come Over to My House is the theme of the 2018 Amherst Historical Society’s annual house tour. This year’s tour, on Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., features seven Amherst area properties designed in a multitude of styles and built with varied materials.
The self-guided, go at your own pace tour features seven properties, including five private homes, open just for this day, the Historical Society’s c. 1760 Simeon Strong house, and the former chapel at the University of Massachusetts, most of which have both been through significant changes, renovations, and uses during their history.
So whether you are a history buff or always wanted to see the inside of one of these private homes, join us and “Come on Over to My House.” We’re all waiting for you.