Please join us for our Founders Day Celebration on Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Jones Library Woodbury Room as we commemorate the February 13, 1759 founding of Amherst. Events include our Annual Meeting.
The Conch Shell Award will be given this year to Dr. Maurianne Adams and the Mabel Loomis Todd Lecture, Entangled Lives: Labor, Livelihood, and Landscapes of Change in Rural Massachusetts, will be presented by Marla Miller, Associate Chair, Director of the Public History Program, and Professor of History
This event is free and open to the public.
The Conch Shell Award was established in 2007 to honor those who have made a significant contribution to the culture and/or history of Amherst. Dr. Maurianne Adams of UMass Amherst has a Ph.D in English Literature and developed innovative social justice curricula and programs during her tenure at both Smith college and UMass. She has co authored and co-edited numerous books on teaching for diversity and social justice. Dr. Adams served on the Local Historic District Study Committee for the North Prospect, Lincoln-Sunset Historic District. The local historic district offers a measure of protection for the architecturally significant and historically important structures in the designated area. This district includes Cosby Avenue, Paige, McClellan, and Beston Streets that were among the first racially mixed streets in New England. All their houses, modest and stately alike, remain very much the way they once were.
The featured speaker, Dr. Marla Miller is Associate Chair, Director of the Public History Program, and Professor of History at UMass Amherst. Her lecture is based on her book: Entangled Lives: Labor, Livelihood, and Landscapes of Change in Rural Massachusetts.