Updates

Updates from the Amherst Historical Society & Museum

News from the Collection

News from the Collection

Our intern Shannon Feng writes: I found a pair of handcuffs donated by former Amherst Police Chief William Engelmann in 1949, who was appointed as a policeman in 1927 and was Police Chief from 1949 - 1958. They were a pair of Hiatt made “Irish figure 8” handcuffs that...

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Finding R H Weakley

Finding R H Weakley

Park Ranger Susan Ashman highlights a Civil War rifle – an 1856 British Enfield used during the Civil War with the initials “R.H. Weakley” carved into the stock. Through in-depth research, she learned about the tragic story of Pvt. Weakley – another soldier who could...

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History of Mount Toby Friends Meeting

History of Mount Toby Friends Meeting

Before they found their home in the Mount Toby Meeting House on the Leverett Plain, the local Friends Meeting led a peripatetic existence, with various addresses in Amherst, Pelham, and even Greenfield.  When Francis and Becky Holmes moved to Amherst in 1954 they...

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Amherst Juneteenth Observance

Amherst Juneteenth Observance

On Saturday, June 18, the town of Amherst will observe the Juneteenth holiday, celebrating the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and to ensure that all enslaved people were freed. Amherst’s 2022 celebration will...

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Virtual Tour of West Cemetery, part 2

Virtual Tour of West Cemetery, part 2

On April 8, Bob Drinkwater gave his second presentation on the early graves in Amherst's West Cemetery. In this presentation, he showed pictures of the graves of many of Amherst’s founding families – the Boltwoods, Kelloggs, Mattoons, Strongs  and others, as well as...

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UMass Graduation

UMass Graduation

Happy Graduation to all UMass seniors!  We wish you the best of luck in these uncertain times. You may remember that UMass was founded, as Massachusetts Agricultural College, in 1863, when times were even more uncertain. And 'Mass Aggie' became Massachusetts State...

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Historic Trees of Amherst

Historic Trees of Amherst

The Amherst Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) “Heritage Tree Care Project” for the cabling, pruning, lightning protection and root care of our beloved...

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Springfield Armory

Springfield Armory

This Friday, May 6, our last History Bites of the spring 2022 season will feature Park Ranger Susan Ashman, of the Springfield Armory.  She will discuss her historic research, to determine the history of a single Civil War rifle. The program is at noon in the Woodbury...

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