Amherst Historical Society and Museum
This local history museum has served the Amherst community since 1916. Visitors can tour exhibits that are arranged in chronologically to tell the story of this community from the colonial era to the present, with special emphasis on the town's transition from farming to industry throughout the 19th century. There are also special rotating exhibits related to a variety of topics, along with numerous antique furnishings, works of art, farm implements, and items related to military history. The museum is located in the historic Simeon Strong House which was built in the 1740s and predates nearly every building in the area.
Backstory and Context
The museum offers books that tell the history of slavery in the colonial North, along with many other topics. They also offer assistance to genealogists and researchers interested in the Amherst Historical Society's records--in addition to providing references for local residents who can help, the local library offers a small collection library of materials related to the history of Amherst's people and places. The museum also offers group tours as well as special programs and evening lectures. They also sponsor the popular Lunchtime Lecture Series-see the museum website for a schedule of events.