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West Cemetery – Amherst’s Founding Families

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

During this brief virtual tour, we will visit some of the graves in Amherst's West Cemetery with Bob Drinkwater. They are a relatively small sample of the families who lived in Amherst prior to the Revolution.  What became of the others, whose names appear on lists of early Amherst residents, published in Judd’s History of Hadley?

Mount Toby Friends Meeting

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

From their first meeting in 1939, through their residence at the Amherst Grange, to their current location one route 63 in Leverett, follow the history of the Mount Toby Friends meeting.

Finding R H Weakley

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

We've all heard the expression if walls could talk, but what about historic firearms? What would they have to say about the battles they were in and the soldiers they were issued to? Join Park Ranger Susan Ashman as she highlights one of these rifles - an 1856 British Enfield used during the Civil War with the initials "R.H. Weakley" carved into the stock.

Amherst Shade Tree Committee Tour

In Front of the Jones Library

The Amherst Shade Tree Committee is conducting a tour of our town’s trees this Sunday, May 8, starting at 2PM. They will meet at the Jones Library and begin with a consideration of the Historical Society’s 260-year-old sycamore tree, right in front of the Strong House.

Association for Gravestone Studies Western New England Chapter, Spring Meeting

The Association for Gravestone Studies announces its quarterly meeting and walking tour; Saturday, June 4. We'll meet at Amherst's West Cemetery, located in downtown Amherst, at 1 PM. 

We had considered meeting at an indoor venue in the morning for presentations by John Hanson and Bob Drinkwater, or if that was not feasible (due to Covid restrictions), to do so via Zoom the previous evening. However, since these presentations would be, essentially, re-enactments of previously recorded presentations, we thought it might be simpler to just provide links to the YouTube videos, for folks to view if and when they wished, prior to our meeting at West Cemetery in Amherst, MA, at 1PM.

Juneteenth Heritage Walk

Amherst Center

A collaboration between Ancestral Bridges and the Amherst Historical Society Museum to celebrate Juneteenth in Amherst, MA. This walking tour explores the unique history and contributions of generations of Black families in Amherst curated and guided by descendants.

FREE

Juneteenth Heritage Exhibit by Ancestral Bridges

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

A special exhibition of BIPOC families in Amherst through the generations, curated by Ancestral Bridges. This is a tour through photographs of families who lived in the West Side Historic District of Snell Street, Baker Street, Hazel Avenue, and Northampton Road, McClellan Street, Beston Street and Railroad Street.

Juneteenth Heritage Exhibit by Ancestral Bridges

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

A special exhibition of BIPOC families in Amherst through the generations, curated by Ancestral Bridges. This is a tour through photographs of families who lived in the West Side Historic […]

VENUE UPDATE: Strings @ the Strong Presents: Bella Musica Ensemble

Jones Library Woodbury Room 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA

Bella Musica is a quartet of local musicians: Cindy Naughton on the flute, Steven Williams on the violin, Rebecca Phelps on the piano, Scott Halligan on the cello, and perhaps Sarah Mahler Kraaz on the piano. They will play duets, trios and quartets from Quantz, Telemann and Handel.
The Amherst Historical Society Summer Concert Series is held in the Museum garden; all performances are free and open to the public. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

Strings @ the Strong Presents: Ignacy Gaydmovich

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy a program of cello works by J.S. Bach and Zoltán Kodály. Made possible by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council and sponsored by Stamell Stringed Instruments.

Strings @ the Strong Presents: Conway Fine Arts

The Amherst Historical Society is delighted to welcome Conway Fine Arts. This Quintet will offer a program of Shubert, Beethoven and Coleridge-Taylor.

Made possible by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council and sponsored by Stamell Stringed Instruments. 

Strings @ the Strong Presents: The Cushman String Quartet

The Cushman Quartet was established in the summer of 2020 by a group of friends who had always enjoyed playing chamber music but craved togetherness during the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic. Made possible by a grant from the Amherst Cultural Council and sponsored by Stamell Stringed Instruments.