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Managing the River Commons


New England's rivers were an important source of power and of food for the indigenous people and early settlers in the area. The history of their cooperative efforts to guard the river's resources has not been widely known.

Antique Glass Bottles

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

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.

Cambodians of Amherst

100 Cave Hill Rd, Leverett, MA 100 Cave Hill Rd, Leverett, MA, United States

Organizational meeting to plan the upcoming exhibit on the history of the Cambodians in Amherst.

The Joy of Collecting Old Books

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

Join us for an entertaining and informative talk on the joy and thrill of collecting old books. Presented by Ken Gloss, owner of the Brattle Book Shop ion Boston.

Regicide in the Family


Local author and writing teacher Sarah Dixwell Brown discusses her research into her ancestor, John Dixwell, who fled to New England after signing Charles I's death warrant.

The history of the Amherst Record, 1844 – 1984

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

Phyllis Lehrer, who now writes 'The Lehrer Report', will tell her stories of working on the weekly Amherst Record newspaper from 1976 until the paper closed in 1984.

History of the Emily Dickinson Museum


The Emily Dickinson home -- 'the Homestead' -- is a museum whose role and vision have changed since its founding in 1965.

The presentation will be over Zoom; here is the link:

Occupying Massachusetts – Layers of History on Indigenous Land


Occupying Massachusetts: Layers of History on Indigenous Land is an art book that engages with history and memory. Sandra Matthews's subtle photographs of vernacular structures and historic sites offer a uniquely personal meditation on the human occupation of land, with an emphasis on the long presence of Indigenous people, whose lands have been transformed by people coming here from all over the world since the early 1600s. The book also contains an essay, Finding a Way Forward, by David Brule.

Acousticca Returns to the Museum

Simeon Strong House 67 Amity St., Amherst, MA

The Band Acousticca will perform a free live concert, outdoors at the Amherst History Museum on Saturday, May 13, at 5PM. All are welcome!

Amherst History Museum Opens for Season

The 2023 Season at the Strong House brings a fresh look at our founder, Mabel Loomis Todd with an exhibit that explores Todd’s work as a nature writer, painter, conservationist, lecturer, and the editor of Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Visitors will have the opportunity for a before-and-after look at several of Todd’s botanical paintings that have not been on view in decades due to needed repairs.

Arts on the Lawn June 10

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