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.
The current season of History Bites is being presented on Zoom, with the help of our friends at Amherst Media, who are handling the technical aspect.
Thanks to the work of our dedicated trustees, you can view archived video of past History Bites lectures here.
The Spring 2021 History Bites lecture series is now underway. Here is the schedule for lectures in the late winter and spring of 2021.
All lectures are scheduled for 12 o’clock noon.
May 7, 2021
Dr Barbara Mathews
At a time when the survival of the American experiment in government by and for the people was neither destined nor assured, the Massachusetts uprising labeled “Shays’ Rebellion” fueled speculation that the new United States could not survive for long. While most widely known for the bloody confrontation at the United States Arsenal at Springfield in January 1787, the lasting legacy of the Massachusetts Regulators and their sympathizers was in the creation and ratification of the United States Constitution.
Barbara Mathews is the Public Historian and Director of Academic Programs at Historic Deerfield. She was the content director, historian, and writer for the website From Revolution to Constitution: Shays’ Rebellion & the Making of a Nation, a collaboration among the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Springfield Technical Community College, and the Springfield Armory funded through a We The People grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
DuBois Library Special Collections
May 21, 2021
Dr Aaron Rubinstein
Dubois Library Special Collections is a growing resource for local history. The new Director, Aaron Rubinstein, will share his vision of what the collection is, and what it can be.