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.
Bring your lunch, and we provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The programs begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
About the Speaker
Sheila Rainford came to Amherst as a UMass student, Class of 1965, and never left. She became a member of South Church in 1970. Philip Ives, Clerk of the church for 27 years, groomed her to carry on his work. She has served as Clerk for about twenty years and continues to do so. When Win Bernhard retired as Church Historian, Sheila was granted that title as well. She assisted Marjorie Atkins Elliott with her research and publication of North of Norwottuck, a book of South Amherst History. It was Marjorie who led her to Robert Francis, her friend ‘Bob’, when she was in Wisconsin and wanted a picture of his porch post. With Ruth Jones, she co-edited and contributed several articles to Harvesting History, a book about the history of Amherst Farms.