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February 2018
23
February
February 23 @ 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Amherst Historical Society and Museum, 67 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States

A fresh egg in boiling water quickly becomes hardboiled, yet a hardboiled egg in ice water never reverts. Why not? This question drove the “protein war” of the mid-1930s. Not a war over food resources, but a war of ideas that pitted an impressive roster of Nobel prize winners against each other, roiling the pages of the journal Science, researchers on both sides of the Atlantic ocean, and on both sides of the Connecticut River. Professor Marjorie Senechal of Smith…

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March 2018
09
March
March 9 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Amherst Historical Society and Museum, 67 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States

Long-time Church Clerk Sheila Rainford will give a lecture on South Amherst UCC, speaking about the community responsible for the Church’s founding, the people who organized the South Congregational Society, the building of the meetinghouse and the early days of the church’s life.  This lecture will draw from Ms Rainford’s twenty years of service as clerk of the the Church, and material from her upcoming history of South Congregational Church, written in celebration of its upcoming 200th year in 2024.  Audience…

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March
March 23 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Amherst Historical Society and Museum, 67 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States

“Beyond Shiny, Happy History: Why Censoring the Past is a Bad Idea.”  Monuments as History by Robert E. Weir, Ph.D. Friday, March 23 12:15pm The English novelist L. P. Hartley famously quipped, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” This begs the question of why so many contemporary Americans seek to remake it for their own purposes. They do so at both their own peril and the risk that they might inadvertently so alter the past as…

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April 2018
06
April
April 6 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Amherst Historical Society and Museum, 67 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States

History of Teddy Bears by Greg Wilson Friday, April 6th 2018 Description coming soon!

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April
April 20 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Amherst Historical Society and Museum, 67 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States

“From smallest tap and die to largest machine” The Museum of Industrial History by Don Campbell Friday, April 20th, 12:15pm Don Campell will speak about the Museum of Industrial History, and its mission to celebrate our industrial heritage through preserving, collecting, and educating the public, with emphasis on Franklin County and Athol, Massachusetts. At the heart of it is the story—the people who created and lived this history, and how their work and lives can inform ours today.The museum was founded…

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May 2018
04
May
May 4 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
Amherst Historical Society and Museum, 67 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002 United States

‘The Bran-Bread Philosopher’ Sylvester Graham and the Science of Human Life by Dr Christopher Clark Friday, May 4th, 12:15pm   Dr Christopher Clark will give a lecture about Sylvester Graham, who arrived in Northampton, Mass., in the late 1830s, a well- known lecturer and writer on diet, health, and hygiene. An early advocate of vegetarianism, he would be best remembered for crackers and bread made of unbolted flour, commercialization of which at the end of the century would secure him lasting…

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