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May 2019

100 Years of Silk in the Valley History Bites Lunchtime Lecture

May 10, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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Join us as Marjorie Senechal, professor emerita of Mathematics and History at Smith College, unravels one hundred years of silk history and manufacturing in the Pioneer valley. Drawing from research from her book American Silk, 1830-1930: Entrepreneurs and Artifacts Professor Senechal will throw light on this once-thriving industry, whose local relics include both Wistariahurst in Holyoke and the Silk Mill building on Route 9 in Northampton. History Bites is a series of thirty minute lectures to inform and entertain, covering…

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June 2019

Mabel Loomis Todd’s Amherst – A Motorbus Excursion

June 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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$65 – $100

Join us on Saturday, June 1st to experience Mabel Loomis Todd’s Amherst–from her earliest residence at the Amherst House hotel to her final resting place in Wildwood Cemetery. This extended tour given from Mrs. Todd’s perspective will be narrated by Dr. Julie Dobrow as we travel in motorbus comfort with stops at the Homestead and Evergreens, the Observatory, and Wildwood Cemetery. Be prepared to learn about the artistic and literary achievements that made Mabel extraordinary in her own time, and a fascinating…

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September 2019

Cleopatra: A Portrait in Music by George Frideric Handel

September 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Since the opening performance of Giulio Cesare in 1724, it has remained one of Handel’s most celebrated and widely-performed of George Frideric Handel’s operas.  A story of betrayal, political intrigue, and love conquering evil, the opera imagines the story of Cleopatra dethroning her tyrannical brother through charming and winning the famed Julius Cesar to her cause.  Cleopatra: A Portrait in Music will feature a selection of Cleopatra’s arias from Giulio Cesare, showcasing the multi-layered queen in her moments of political…

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October 2019

The Lincoln-Sunset Historic District

October 3, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Jones Library, 43 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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Maurianne Adams will present a discussion on this historic district of Amherst, including the history of farm houses lived in by members of the 19th century Black community and Irish immigrants, as well as houses that were home to college faculty members, businessmen, and other professionals and their families. Amherst College faculty member Robert Frost purchased a home in this neighborhood in 1931. It was named a Historic District by the town in 2017. History Bites is a series of…

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Jews and Puritans in Early America

October 11, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Jones Library, 43 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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Join us for a lecture on the Old Testament roots of the New England Puritan mode of life, and an examination of the problematic relationship Puritans had with contemporary Jews presented by Dr Michael Hoberman of Fitchburg University. When the early New England Puritans chose to reject the excessive ritual and structure of the Roman Catholic and established Anglican churches, they went back to the Bible for guidance and found a ready-to-hand model for governance in its depiction of the…

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Little Women Bookclub

October 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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Explore an old classic with the Amherst Historical Society! Join us monthly for a casual bookclub and leading up to and beyond the release of the new movie, Little Women (2019). Snack on refreshments while revisiting the world of Louisa May Alcott’s enduring exploration of coming-of-age, sisterhood, and purpose in a family apart and an era of war. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss a favorite or least favorite scene and character. Readers of all ages and experiences…

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Scars of Slavery

October 25, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Jones Library, 43 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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On July 4, 1863, one of the most widely read magazines in the country during the Civil War published an image capturing the abhorrent cruelties of slavery — the side portrait of an escaped slave with terrifying, streaking scars across his back caused by a whipping from his owner. In the latest of our History Bites lectures series, recent research will be presented by Bruce Laurie, professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, into two local men…

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November 2019

Memory Lands: Native American Perspective on King Philip’s War

November 8, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Jones Library, 43 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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Dr Christine DeLucia will discuss her new book, Memory Lands, in which she offers a major reconsideration of the violent seventeenth-century conflict in northeastern America known as King Philip’s War, providing an alternative to Pilgrim-centric narratives that have conventionally dominated the histories of colonial New England. DeLucia grounds her study of one of the most devastating conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers in early America in five specific places that were directly affected by the crisis, spanning the Northeast…

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Little Women Bookclub

November 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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Explore an old classic with the Amherst Historical Society! Join us monthly for a casual bookclub and leading up to and beyond the release of the new movie, Little Women (2019). We want to go back to the story of Little Woman, the biography of Louisa May Alcott and the Emerson family of Amherst with a desire to better understand women’s lives in the 3rd quarter of the 19th century in fact and fiction. Snack on refreshments while revisiting the…

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December 2019

Secrets from the Archives: Some of the Things You Simply Don’t Know about Mabel Loomis Todd

December 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Jones Library, 43 Amity St.
Amherst, 01002 United States
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Author Julie Dobrow spent several years plowing through almost 1000 boxes of materials that Mabel and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham, left behind, to research her mother/daughter biography, After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet. While she was able to reveal much about Mabel and Millicent's amazing lives in her book, Dobrow, a professor at Tufts University, says that there are many stories she wasn't able to include in her book.  Now, Dobrow returns to…

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