‘History Bites’ Lunchtime Lecture Series

‘History Bites’ is back!

‘History Bites’ is a series of thirty minute lectures to inform and entertain, covering various aspects of the history of Amherst, its surrounding environs, and the lives of those who once lived here. The Amherst Historical Society started this popular series in 2014 and we are fortunate to have archived video of lectures dating back to 2015.

The September 9 and November 18 lectures will be given over Zoom. The rest of the Fall 2022 lectures will take place in person in the Jones Library Woodbury Room.

“Unlike Any Other”

“Unlike Any Other”

October 7, 20222:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Lecture with slides by author Ed Londergan. ‘Unlike Any Other’ is a novel based on the life of Bathsheba Spooner, a Revolutionary War-era woman, and Loyalist, married to a man she did not love, who is driven to thoughts of murder

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Wachusett Reservoir

Wachusett Reservoir

November 4, 20222:30 pm - 3:30 pm Amherst Historical Society

Work on the Wachusett Reservoir was completed in 1905 and the reservoir first filled in May 1908  At the time, it was the largest man-made reservoir in the world, supplying drinking water to Boston via the Sudbury River. 

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Managing the River Commons

Managing the River Commons

November 18, 202212:00 pm - 1:00 pm Amherst Historical Society

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.

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Antique Glass Bottles

Antique Glass Bottles

December 2, 202212:00 pm - 1:00 pm Amherst Historical Society

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.

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