With the passing of the old year, we at the Amherst Historical Society can take a moment to review the events of the past twelve months… 

We brought on Diana Lempel as a temporary curator, to work with our collection and plan new exhibits. 

We continued our History Bites lecture series, with lectures from Blair Kamin on Amherst College architectureDiana Lempel, gave us her insights on the Museum’s collection, and Erik Riordan spoke about tracing the history of New England’s fresh-water fisheries.

The Museum participated in Amherst’s 2022 Juneteenth celebration, and hosted an exhibition by Ancestral Bridges on the history of the Black community in Amherst. We once again hosted a summer Sunday afternoon concert series on our patio and garden. 

And we should also take a moment to mark the closing of one of Amherst’s oldest and most beloved businesses — Hastings closed their doors in July, after 108 years in business.