Join us for these two events on Friday, October 9th:
12:15 – History Bites: join us with your lunch in hand. This week featuring author Rob Cox.
5:30 – A Sweet and Savory Evening of Pie
Want Pie? Pie has been a delectable centerpiece of Yankee tables since Europeans first landed on New England’s shores in the seventeenth century. With a satisfying variety of savory and sweet, author Robert Cox takes a bite out of the history of pie and pie-making in the region in his new book (release date October 5 from Arcadia Press) New England Pie: History Under a Crust.
From the crackling topmost crust to the bottom layer, explore the origin and evolution of popular ingredients like the Revolutionary roots of the Boston cream. One month at a time, celebrate the seasonal fixings that fill New Englanders’ favorite dessert from apple and cherry to pumpkin and squash. With interviews from local bakers, classic recipes and some modern twists on beloved standards, this mouthwatering history of New England pies offers something for every appetite.
A recovering paleontologist and sometime historian, Rob Cox is head of special collections at UMass Amherst, having previously held positions at the University of Michigan (where he received his PhD in history) and the American Philosophical Society. Having written on topics ranging from talking to the dead to Lewis and Clark and Quaker-Seneca relations, his most recent books include a trilogy on New England culinary history [we have enjoyed his talks on chowder and cranberries] and, quite separately, the history of sleep.
To help launch this new book, the Amherst Historical Society is hosting a talk and book signing by Dr. Cox on October 9 at 12:15 and part of its History Bites lunchtime lecture series and a Sweet and Savory Evening of Pie. Books will be available for purchase (22.00 + tax) and the author’s autograph.
For History Bites, join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Festivities continue with a “Sweet and Savory Evening of Pie.” Admission is $10.00 with a pie and $20.00 “with appetite”–we will provide soft and hard beverages, plates and utensils. Doors open at 5:30. Pie prizes are awarded by 6:15 and pies cut at 6:30. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The Amherst Historical Society works to connect people with the Town of Amherst, its history, and its culture. It was founded in 1903 by a group of Amherst citizens led by Mabel Loomis Todd to secure Amherst’s history and culture for future generations. Since 1916, our home has been the c. 1755 Simeon Strong House. The museum will be open Friday-Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. into early December.
Image courtesy of Arcadia Press.