Updates

Updates from the Amherst Historical Society & Museum

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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Historic Sycamore Tree

Historic Sycamore Tree

Save the Date: The Amherst Shade Tree Committee is conducting a tour of our town's trees this Sunday, May 8, starting at 2PM. They will meet at the Jones Library and begin with a consideration of the Historical Society's 260-year-old sycamore tree, right in front of...

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Charles Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman

Charles Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman

Julie Dobrow’s presentation on March 25 described the lives of Elaine Goodale, born in the Berkshires, and Charles Eastman (Ohíye S’a), born on a Sioux reservation; she discussed their marriage and eventual separation. Elaine and Charles and their six children lived...

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History of the Mount Toby Meeting

History of the Mount Toby Meeting

Quakers, members of the Religious Society of Friends, in Western Massachusetts have had an interesting and complicated history over the decades. On Friday, April 22, at noon, in the Woodbury room of the Jones Library we will review some of the steps along the way as...

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Gardens in Amherst

Gardens in Amherst

April is, appropriately, National Garden Month. The year 2015 was the centennial of the founding of the Garden Club of Amherst, and Ms Patricia Holland gave us an entertaining and informative lecture on its history; you may view the lecture here – she notes that when...

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Epitaphs in West Cemetery

Epitaphs in West Cemetery

On March 11, John Hanson described for us his walk through Amherst’s West Cemetery, and his consideration of the gravestone epitaphs he found there. Describing himself as ‘a recovering English major,’ he is in a position to identify quotations from the Bible and from...

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