Sunday, February 11th, 2pm
Jones Library Woodbury Room
Join us Sunday, February 11 for our Founder’s Day celebration at 2:00 p.m. at the Jones Library Woodbury Room as we commemorate the February 13, 1759 founding of Amherst. We will begin with the brief Amherst Historical Society Annual Meeting, introduce you to this year’s Conch Shell Award winner and President’s Award winner, and invite you to stay for the Mabel Loomis Todd lecture given this year by Lynne Zacek Bassett on “Reigning Fashion: Victoria and the Queen, 1837 – 1901.” A reception at the Strong House will follow the presentations.
The Conch Shell Award was established in 2007 to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the culture and/or history of Amherst. This year we are honoring the contributions of Jonathan Tucker.
Recently retired, Jonathan Tucker served as Planning Director for the Town for ten years from 2007 to 2017. In that role, he supported several town boards, including the Amherst Historical Commission. Hired by the Town as a city planner in 1985, he guided the 2005 Preservation Plan from start to finish working closely with the consultants. This document has serves as the plan for historic preservation and as the preservation component of the comprehensive plan for the Amherst. Mr. Tucker also served as a board member and treasurer of the Historical Society. Raised and educated in Amherst and at the University of Massachusetts, he was described at the time of his retirement as having a “deep knowledge of Amherst history.” The Historical Society celebrates his integration of his love of local history with his professional career.
Gigi Barnhill is delighted to present the President’s Award to Jackie Tuthill, who has been an active member for more than twenty years. In that time, she has contributed her many talents to our efforts serving as a board member and clerk, and as a docent and photographer of activities. She continues to volunteer for our House and Garden Tours. In 2014, she conducted extensive research on the relocation of houses from the Quabbin Reservoir for a Five College Learning in Retirement course. She spoke on this subject in the Society’s History Bite Series and has continued to pursue this research into the region’s architectural history. Amherst has been home to Jackie and her family since 1970.