Eastern Hampshire History Day, and Friday history lecture

Eastern Hampshire History Day, and Friday history lecture

Don’t forget that Saturday is Eastern Hampshire History Day, with seven local museums open from 11AM to 4 PM

Participating Locations:

  • Amherst Historical Society & Museum, Amherst
  • Hadley Farm Museum, Hadley\Hadley Historical Society, Hadley
  • Pelham Historical Society, Pelham
  • Porter-Phelps-Huntington House, Hadley
  • Stone House Museum, Belchertown
  • The Sycamores, South Hadley

Coming up next week: Ed Londergan will lecture at 2:30 PM on Friday, October 7, at the Jones Library, on his book, Unlike Any Other, based on the life of Revolutionary War-era woman Bathsheba Spooner. 

 — Like her father, Bathsheba was smart, strong-willed, and a staunch British loyalist. Forced to marry a man she did not love, Bathsheba withstood her husband’s abuse for years until a young Continental soldier entered her life. But when the well-heeled mother of three small children discovered she was pregnant with the soldier’s child, her thoughts quickly turned to murder…

The History of Reproductive Rights in the Valley

The History of Reproductive Rights in the Valley

Almost 10 years ago, in 2013, Dr Joyce Berkman gave the Amherst Historical Society a lecture on the history of reproductive rights in the Pioneer Valley. Starting with the career of Dr Charles Knowlton (1800 – 1850) of Ashfield, her lecture is a brief, fascinating outline of the history of reproductive rights and laws generally – a history which has acquired new relevance with the recent Supreme Court decision.

Dr Joyce Avrech Berkman, who retired from UMass in 2013 after 48 years of teaching and research, is a highly respected educator and researcher. Her lecture shows both her knowledge of the subject and her talents as an educator
Next week: mark your calendars for another concert in the Strong House garden, when Strings at the Strong will present the Conway Fine Arts Quintet on Saturday, August 27, at 2PM.
DuBois Library Special Collections

DuBois Library Special Collections

by Aaron Rubinstein

“Expanding our great national reservoir of knowledge and intellectual thought:” past, present, and future of the Special Collections at UMass Amherst.

Former Chancellor Randolph Bromery’s ambitious words, written in 1974, presage a transformation of the Special Collections at UMass that began with the acquisition of the W. E. B. Du Bois Papers and blossomed after the arrival of Robert Cox in 2004. The new Head of the Special Collections, Aaron Rubinstein, will discuss the this transformation and how it sets the stage for the future of the department.

Aaron Rubinstein is the Head of the Special Collections and University Archives at UMass Amherst. Aaron grew up in Amherst, graduated from UMass, and has worked in SCUA for over a decade. Before SCUA, he was the Archivist for Digital Collections at Tufts University, and before that Collections Manager at the Yiddish Book Center.

(video in process)