This week the Amherst History Society continues to remember our good friend Rob Cox, who died on May 11; you may read a testimonial from the University of Massachusetts here. We at the History Society are fortunate to have several of his lectures on video, including this one about diversity in the early days of UMass, which was then known as Massachusetts Agricultural College.
The mission of the Amherst Historical Society is to connect people to the town of Amherst, its history, and its culture.
The Society was founded in 1899 by Mabel Loomis Todd, and in 1916 it moved into the historic Simeon Strong house. Over the years, the Society has collected a wide variety of resources for learning about the town of Amherst. We have artifacts dating back to the earliest days of the town, and papers and photographs from more recent years. On our website you may find links to walking tours of Amherst, a list of books about Amherst, and even a collection of historic postcards.
We host a biweekly lecture series, ‘History Bites,’ as well as evening performances and historic tours. Our eighteenth-century garden is maintained by the Garden Club of Amherst, and we have recently begun to host a Thursday evening farmers’ market on our front lawn.