History Bites is a series of thirty minute lectures to inform and entertain, covering various aspects of the history of Amherst and the lives of those who once lived here.
Bring your lunch, and we provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The programs begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Thanks to the work of our dedicated trustees, you can view archived video of past History Bites lectures here.
“The butter and letter will be left at the U.S. Hotel”
Teaching with the Porter Phelps Huntington Family Papers
by Karen Sánchez-Eppler
Friday, December 1st, 12:15PM
Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA
The Porter Phelps Huntington family occupied the same Hadley house from the 1752 until 1968. The house itself, now a museum, and the family papers provide an extraordinarily detailed and continuous record of life in the Connecticut river valley. As one project in the introductory American Studies course “Global Valley” students have been transcribing family letters and making them available on-line, offering fascinating access to the details of daily life and family dynamics in this place. In this talk, Professor Karen Sánchez-Eppler will speaking about her work teaching history with these local documents.