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Lydia Maria Child – A Radical American Life

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Lydia Maria Child (1802 - 1880) was a true heroine of the abolitionist movement; she gave up a promising career and her standing in society to spend 30 years battling slavery.

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.

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 […]

New England Libraries – Common PLACE

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

-- Note the earlier time -- 11:30 instead of 12 noon! --

Local author Thomas Johnson's first book, Common PLACE, is a tour de force that explores the origins of the public library system in America. While many Americans may assume that public libraries exist(ed) worldwide, this illuminating book details the gradual evolution of a uniquely American institution that originated in New England.

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.

Victorian Mourning Traditions & Cemetery Tour

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

Join us on Saturday, October 28 when Elizabeth Cardaropoli (@maidofthemounds) discusses mourning and funerary practices of Early New England through to the Victorian Era and touches on the myriad of reasons […]

Old Growth 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 fall, the Amherst History Museum is offering several hikes to look at and talk about a local old growth forest and its trees. The last of these hikes will take place November 12 from 10 am to 12 pm.

Elena Palladino – Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley

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

Local author Ellena Palladino will talk about her book about life in the Swift River Valley before it was flooded by the waters of the Quabbin Reservoir

King Philip’s War – a local perspective by David Brule

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

This presentation by David Brule will be centered on events that occurred during King Philip's War in Northfield and in the region of Peskeompskut Falls (now encompassing the modern-day towns of Greenfield, Gill, Montague and Deerfield).

David Peck Todd’s Amherst College–An Architecture & Walking Tour

The Amherst Historical Society devoted its 2023 exhibition to Mabel Loomis Todd, focusing on her skills as a botanical artist, writer, editor, and civic leader. She was devoted to her husband, David, and traveled with him as he pursued an active career as a professor of astronomy at Amherst College.

What buildings on the Amherst College campus would David Todd have known? Thanks to Blair Kamin’s book, Amherst College: An Architectural Tour, we now know the buildings that were central to his experience from his undergraduate days to the time of his retirement. On Saturday, December 2, join the Historical Society’s president, Gigi Barnhill, as we walk in David’s footsteps to visit the buildings that were part of his life in Amherst.

“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. 

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.