Updates

Updates from the Amherst Historical Society & Museum

Black Soldiers, White Officers

Black Soldiers, White Officers

This week we honored Dr Martin Luther King Jr. In that context, we can remember the Black families who have lived in Amherst through the decades, and the Black soldiers from Amherst who fought in the Civil War. In 2013 the Amherst Historical Society hosted a lecture –...

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

The pandemic has been a time for exploring online resources. Last year I referred to Rich Cairns’ lecture about the Library of Congress as an online resource, and recently we added Aaron Rubinstein’s talk about Dubois Library’s Special Collections to our video...

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Summer 90 Years Ago

Summer 90 Years Ago

Today is the first snow of the winter, and of the new year, and we may enjoy seeing a film of life during a bygone summer in the town of Montague, Mass. The film was made in 1929; was life any different in the Quabbin towns? The University of Massachusetts has...

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Arthur Kinney

Arthur Kinney

This week we mourn the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend, UMass Professor Emeritus Arthur Kinney, who died on Christmas morning. His accomplishments are too numerous to list here; we will only say that we knew him as a long-time member and staunch friend to...

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New England Apples

New England Apples

We enjoyed the apple harvest at the beginning of November, with the local Cider Days and its offerings of fresh apples, sweet cider, and hard cider. Poet Robert Francis of Cushman wrote about apples in late autumn: The winter apples have been picked, the garden...

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Novel about Life in the Quabbin Towns

Novel about Life in the Quabbin Towns

Join us on Friday, December 3, at noon. For our last History Bite lecture of the season, Ms Jacqueline T Lynch will talk about Beside the Still Waters; her novel of life in the four Massachusetts towns submerged by the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930s....

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Thanksgiving Pie

Thanksgiving Pie

Pies have an ancient history -- the ancient Greeks and Romans enjoyed pie. But the first (and second) Thanksgiving feast in New England likely did not include the fruit or squash pies we are used to -- the first recipe for pumpkin pie was not written down for a...

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Mass Humanities Grant for Amherst History

Mass Humanities Grant for Amherst History

We are pleased to announce that Mass Humanities has awarded a SHARP (Sustaining Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) grant of $13,000 to support the Amherst Historical Society and Museum.   The SHARP grant will make it possible to create new AHS programs and...

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History Bites – the Todds of Amherst

History Bites – the Todds of Amherst

This week on History Bites, Dr Julie Dobrow will talk about the Todd family in Amherst. David Todd was the Amherst College astronomer and world traveler, his wife Mabel brought the first three editions of Emily Dickinson’s poems to publication, and their daughter...

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