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The Storm and the War that Changed Amherst

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Both the hurricane of 1938 and World War II were transformative events for Amherst College. Listen to Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic Blair Kamin as he explains the events and the reactions of the college and the community of Amherst.

“Unlike Any Other”

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

Lecture with slides by author Ed Londergan. ‘Unlike Any Other’ is a novel based on the life of Bathsheba Spooner, a Revolutionary War-era woman, and Loyalist, married to a man she did not love, who is driven to thoughts of murder

“I Am the Bitter Enemy of Slavery”

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

In 1861, Christopher Pennell, an Amherst College student, wrote, "I am the Bitter Enemy of Slavery." In his recent book, Robert Romer describes Christopher Pennell's life, love, and tragic death in the Civil War.

Wachusett Reservoir

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

Work on the Wachusett Reservoir was completed in 1905 and the reservoir first filled in May 1908  At the time, it was the largest man-made reservoir in the world, supplying drinking water to Boston via the Sudbury River. 

Antique Glass Bottles

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

Did you ever wonder about the stories an antique bottle might tell -- how it was made, how it was used, and how it was dug up by collectors? Join collector Jim Thomas as he shows us some bottles from his collection, and tells their stories.