History of the Emily Dickinson Museum

Apr 14, 2023

Emily Dickinson Museum

The Dickinson Homestead was built by Samuel Fowler Dickinson in 1813. It was occupied by his son Edward, and then by Edward’s two daughters, Emily and Lavinia. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963, and in 1965 it was sold to the Trustees of Amherst College, who used it as faculty housing, with some rooms open to the public. In 2003 the Emily Dickinson Museum was established; it has since become such a vital and vibrant part of the Amherst community that one can hardly imagine Amherst without it.

On Friday, April 14, at noon, we will hear the Museum’s Executive Director, Jane Wald, describe the history of the Emily Dickinson Museum, and the changes it has gone through.
Here is the Zoom link:   https://us02web.zoom.us/s/83249382098#success
Please note that we have discovered a conflict with the date of our next History Bite, Occupying Massachusetts. The presentation by Sandra Matthews and David Brume will be postponed until the week of May 11.