Dr. Julie Dobrow will narrate this extended tour given from Mrs. Todd’s perspective, as we travel on the BID trolley with stops at the Dickinson Homestead and the Evergreens, the Amherst College Observatory, and Wildwood Cemetery. Be prepared to learn about the artistic and literary achievements that made Mabel extraordinary in her own time, and a fascinating person to study today.
Dr. Dobrow’s presentation will draw on her extensive research for Outside Emily’s Door: Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham and the Making of America’s Greatest Poet, her mother/daughter biography being published by WW Norton and Company. Her narrative will be enhanced by period maps and photographs leading us to the homes and haunts of Mrs. Todd. When David Peck Todd was appointed astronomy professor at Amherst College, his alma mater, and the Todds arrived in Amherst, Mabel was anything but an ordinary professor’s wife. Witty, artistic, and charming, she left her mark on Amherst, her home for almost forty years.
While today Mabel is best known for her complicated relationships with the Dickinson family – her pivotal role in getting Emily Dickinson’s poetry published and her long-term affair with Austin Dickinson – she had a multi-faceted life in Amherst and beyond. Mabel’s Amherst legacy lives today in the civic organizations she founded–the Mary Mattoon Chapter of the D.A.R., the Amherst Woman’s Club, and the Amherst Historical Society.
The four hour tour will be offered twice on April 29th at 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. from the Strong House. General tickets are $65. With a $100 benefactor ticket, you receive first choice of seats on the trolley and a copy of Mabel Loomis Todd: Her Contributions to the Town of Amherst by Millicent Todd Bingham. We will furnish beverages. Boxed meals may be purchased for $15.00 or you may bring your own. Purchase tickets here.This tour requires the physical ability to get on and off the trolley, navigate steps and to walk several hundred yard distances over rough ground. Funds raised from these tours will support the mission of the Amherst Historical Society.