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“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

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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. 

Annual Meeting and Founder’s Day

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

The Amherst Historical Society Annual Meeting and Founder's Day event will be held on Sunday, February 11, at 2PM at the Munson Library.
We regret to announce that Julie Doborw had to postpone her program due to illness.

History of High Schools in Amherst by Joseph Scanlon

Bangs Center 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA, United States

The notion of ‘high school’ has been a consistent part of the American experience in many cities and towns over the last century. But in the town of Amherst Massachusetts there have been four (4) different college-preparatory schools over the span of 200+ years and our community can boast of a number of notable graduates.

Twenty Years at Mount Toby by Peter Grima

Bangs Center 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA, United States

Well-known as a botanical hotspot, fabled for its ferns and orchids, Mount Toby's full spectrum of diversity on the mountain continues to surprise and intrigue even seasoned botanists.

‘A House Restored’ by Lee McColgan

Bangs Center 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA, United States

Author Lee McColgan’s account of his efforts at restoring an old house expertly examines our relationship to history through the homes we inhabit, beautifully articulating the philosophy of preserving the past to find purpose for the future.

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.

The Old Grove at UMass

Bangs Center 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA, United States

Last fall, local nature lover Ellisa Campbell led the popular walks to the grove of 300-year-old oak trees on UMass campus. In this talk she will summarize the guiding talk she gave during that hike.

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 […]

Cambodian Immigrants in Amherst

Bangs Center 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA, United States

In the 1980's, hundreds of Cambodian refugees fleeing the Pol Pot regime came to the town of Amherst. Church and community groups mobilized to welcome them, arranging for housing, English lessons, and employment opportunities.

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.

LeFever on the Strong House Terrace

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

The band LeFever will perform outdoors on the Museum terrace. Admission is free.