Updates

Updates from the Amherst Historical Society & Museum

Native and Colonial History

Native and Colonial History

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and today is Native American Heritage Day, (established in 1990) and the Amherst Historical Society is pleased to take note of the varying stories around these holidays. We recently read David Silverman's This Land is Their Land, which...

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Managing the River Commons

Managing the River Commons

At noon on Friday, November 18, environmental historian Erik Reardon will discuss his book, Managing the River Commons, which brings new emphasis to the role that river fish and fishing played in the settlement of New England. The seasonal fish runs were an important...

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History Bites canceled for Friday, 11/3

History Bites canceled for Friday, 11/3

Due to a sudden illness, our speaker needs to cancel tomorrow’s presentation on the Wachusett Reservoir. Coming up next week: on Saturday, November 12, at 3PM in the Jones Library, local author Sarah Dixwell Brown will officially launch her book Regicide in the...

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Climate Grief Event

Climate Grief Event

The Amherst Historical Society and Museum is sponsoring two events on the afternoon of  Sunday, October 16, 2022.  From 1 - 3 PM, our collaborators Jane and Amrita from Sunrise Amherst will facilitate an intergenerational conversation about climate grief at...

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History Bites – Bathsheba Spooner

History Bites – Bathsheba Spooner

On Friday, October 7, at 2:30 (note different time), historian and author Ed Londergan will talk about his book, Unlike Any Other, about Bathsheba Spooner: How An 18th Century Woman from A Prominent New England Family Went from A Life of Privilege to The Gallows . . ....

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History Bites – Henry Wilson

History Bites – Henry Wilson

Born in 1812, Henry Wilson was an American general, senator, and later vice president who played a key role in the political lead up to the Civil War, handling military affairs during the war, and fighting for civil rights for all Americans during Reconstruction. Sold...

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News from the Interns

News from the Interns

Hello, my name is Christal, and I am an intern at the Amherst Historical Society. Before coming to this museum, I studied History and East Asian studies at Mount Holyoke College up to this May. During my four years of school, I devoted the majority of my time to...

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Amherst College and the hurricane of 1938

Amherst College and the hurricane of 1938

The War Memorial at Amherst College, with its panoramic view of the Holyoke Range, and the Main Quadrangle, with its lush carpet of grass and soaring tree canopy, almost surely are the most beloved outdoor spaces at Amherst College. Each appears inevitable, timeless,...

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