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The Joy of Collecting Old Books

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA, United States

Join us for an entertaining and informative talk on the joy and thrill of collecting old books. Presented by Ken Gloss, owner of the Brattle Book Shop ion Boston.

Arts on the Lawn June 10

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

Art on the Lawn at the Amherst History Museum takes place on the second Saturday of June, July, September and October; June 10, July 8, September 9 and October 14. Artists and crafters will be set up on the lawn of the museum from 11:00am to 3:00pm when the museum is open for visitors

Arts on the Lawn July 8

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

Art on the Lawn at the Amherst History Museum takes place on the second Saturday of June, July, September and October; June 10, July 8, September 9 and October 14. Artists and crafters will be set up on the lawn of the museum from 11:00am to 3:00pm when the museum is open for visitors.

Arts on the Lawn September 9 – POSTPONED. New Date: September 23

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

Art on the Lawn at the Amherst History Museum takes place on the second Saturday of June, July, September and October; June 10, July 8, September 9 and October 14. Artists and crafters will be set up on the lawn of the museum from 11:00am to 3:00pm when the museum is open for visitors.

Old Growth Forest Walking Tour

Did you know that the Town of Amherst has an old growth forest in its midst? Did you know that this old growth forest is home to a Black Birch that is among the largest trees of that species in Massachusetts?

This October, the Amherst History Museum is offering two hikes to look at and talk about a local old growth forest and its trees. The hikes will take place on Sunday, October 1 and Sunday, October 22, 10am to noon. Each hike is strictly limited to 12 people and registration is required. The cost is $10.00 for Amherst History Museum members, $15.00 for non-members. Read more and register here.

Arts on the Lawn October 14

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

Art on the Lawn at the Amherst History Museum takes place on the second Saturday of June, July, September and October; June 10, July 8, September 9 and October 14. Artists and crafters will be set up on the lawn of the museum from 11:00am to 3:00pm when the museum is open for visitors.

“Crystal Products of the Frost King:” Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England

Munson Library, South Amherst 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA, United States

*** Note the date change ***
The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century. Dennis Picard has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than twenty years at museums and environmental education centers. 

Downtown Amherst Architecture Walking Tour

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

On April 13, 2024, the Amherst Historical Society & Museum will host a guided architectural tour of downtown Amherst. The tour will be led by architect Steve Schreiber FAIA and Chair of the Department of Architecture at UMass.

Mabel Loomis Todd and the New England Transcendentalists

Munson Library, South Amherst 1046 South East Street, Amherst, MA, United States

Mabel Loomis Todd was a writer, a poet, an artist, a civic activist, a world traveler, and, as it turned out, an ardent environmentalist. But perhaps nothing influenced Mabel more than the real and perceived inspiration of the Thoreau family.

Rebuilding the Temple: Cambodians in America

Amherst Cinema 28 Amity St., Amherst, MA, United States

Join us May 8th for a screening of "Rebuilding the Temple" and a panel discussion to follow at Amherst Cinema and then May 11th come to the Amherst Historical Society for the Grand Opening of the "Cambodians in Amherst" exhibit with oral histories recorded by Amherst Media

Cambodians in Amherst – A History of the Khmer Community – Exhibit Opening

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

In the early 1980's members of the Amherst community organized to give refuge to survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. Faith communities and their partners helped many Cambodian families escape the desperate circumstances they faced in refugee camps in Southeast Asia and resettle in Amherst. This exhibit tells the story of the courage […]

Old Grove Forest Walking Tour

This June, the Amherst History Museum is pleased to offer once more one of our most popular tours to look at and talk about a local old growth forest that is home to a Black Birch that is among the largest trees of that species in Massachusetts. This hike will be led by Elisa Campbell who took noon-time walks in the wilder parts of this old forest.