Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and today is Native American Heritage Day, (established in 1990) and the Amherst Historical Society is pleased to take note of the varying stories around these holidays.

We recently read David Silverman’s This Land is Their Land, which might be paired with Nick Bunker’s Making Haste from Babylon to dispel some of the myths around the Plymouth colony. And the Amherst Historical Society has hosted talks by Lisa Brooks of Amherst College and Christine DeLucia of Williams College, in which they discussed local aspects of native history and its interpretation.

Coming up next week: on Friday, December 2, our last History Bites of the season will feature local antiquarian Jim Thomas, who will talk about antique glass bottles, with examples from his collection. This presentation will be held at noon in the Woodbury Room.

Then at 6PM on Friday, December 2, in conjunction with the Merry Maple, Santa will arrive in the Emerson Parlor at the Strong House, to spend an hour greeting and being photographed with children.