REMINDER: the Amherst Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Founder’s Day Presentation is this Saturday, February 12, at 2 PM. The Founder’s Day talk will be given by Debora Bridges and her daughter, Anika Lopes, who will talk about the restoration of Amherst’s marble Civil War tablets.
The tablets were donated to the town in 1893 by the E M Stanton Post 147 of the Grand Army of the Republic. They were originally displayed in the Town Hall, before being moved to the Police Station, and then going into storage in 1997.
In 2021, after 24 years in storage, the cleaned and refurbished tablets were put on display in the Bangs Center. Their restoration owes a great deal to the efforts of Mr Dudley Bridges, Sr, whose memory will be honored on Saturday by his daughter, Debora, and her daughter, Anika Lopes, who completed his work after his death.
Here is the Zoom link: https://amherstma.zoom.us/j/84012266097
Coming up: our popular History Bites series will begin its spring 2022 season at noon on Friday, February 25, when Mr Blair Kamin will give a presentation about early architecture at Amherst College. The lecture is being given with technical help from Amherst Media. Here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84485731584