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Updates from the Amherst Historical Society & Museum

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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The History of Pelham

The History of Pelham

The town of Pelham, Massachusetts, was part of the Equivalent Lands compromise, and was first settled in 1738 by mostly Presbyterian Scotch-Irish immigrants. It was officially incorporated in 1743, so it is older than Amherst by 16 years. It is perhaps best known as...

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New Haven to Northampton Canal

New Haven to Northampton Canal

On Friday, October 8, we hear Mr Robert Madison talk about the New Haven to Northampton Canal. After the success of the Erie Canal, which opened in 1825, people in several states were seized with the idea of building canals to transport goods. In 1804, Amherst...

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Archaeology at the Strong House

Archaeology at the Strong House

The Amherst Historical Society is applying for a grant so we can commission a professional engineering/structural analysis of the Strong House and grounds. Surprisingly, such an analysis has never been done before. But since we hope to soon have approval for our...

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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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The Black Cats of Amherst

The Black Cats of Amherst

Jim Hamilton’s April 23 lecture on the Black Cats of Amherst is now online. Shortly after the United States declared war on Germany in April of 1917, a group of Amherst residents, including townspeople, students, and professors, enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in...

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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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