Updates

Updates from the Amherst Historical Society & Museum

Brutalist Architecture at UMass

Brutalist Architecture at UMass

  Last spring, the Amherst Historical Society hosted a series of four Zoom lectures (‘Brut Bites’) on Brutalist architecture at UMass. You may view the lecture videos here: April 12: UMass Then/Now    Speakers: Ron Michaud and Ludmilla Pavlova-GillhamApril 19: The...

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Edward Hitchcock Lecture and Acousticca

Edward Hitchcock Lecture and Acousticca

This Friday, September 10, at noon, we will begin our fall History Bites lecture series with Robert McMaster, who will discuss his new book on Edward Hitchcock. Edward Hitchcock was one of the most eminent American scientists of his time, a popular professor and...

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Videos of downtown Amherst

Videos of downtown Amherst

Despite the recent heat wave, the cooler weather of autumn is on the way. UMass students will soon return to campus, with new students arriving for orientation starting on Friday, August 27; the University already has its electric signboards up, giving directions to...

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Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts

Our Acousticca lawn concert has once again been postponed, due to rain, this time to Thursday, August 26, at 6PM. Summer is the customary time for music on the town green, or in some other public venue. The Amherst Historical Society has been pleased to provide a...

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Historic Church Bell Arrives!

Historic Church Bell Arrives!

The Amherst Historical Society is very pleased to announce the delivery of the historic church bell from the former Second Congregational Church, which is now the JCA. Thanks to the generous donation of time and equipment from Leader Home Centers, and the skill of...

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Gardens in 19th century folk art

Gardens in 19th century folk art

It is late July, and the Museum’s flower garden is in full bloom. We also have a 19th-century quilt in our collection, which was painted with a variety of garden herbs. On September 22, 2017, we were fortunate to feature that quilt in a lecture by a local herbalist,...

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Black History in Amherst

Black History in Amherst

Friends, Your correspondent has been away from Massachusetts for almost two weeks, so I don’t know if the Juneteenth celebration in Amherst mentioned Newport House – a dormitory building in Amherst College,which was named for the descendant of an enslaved man in...

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Native American Votes

Native American Votes

June 19–‘Juneteenth’–marks the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865,announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army General Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas. But when we think of important dates in June, we can also remember that on June 2,...

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