Program Schedule



All meetings are free and opened to the public with the exception of the June Reception which is for members only. 


Monday, October 19, 2015

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Topic:  "Witches, Physicks, and Herbal Remedies"

Speaker:  Tracy Veillette

Location:  Congregational Church of Amherst (Village Green)

Please join the Historical Society of Amherst and Tracy Veillette for an exploration of common herbs that one would find in our forests, fields, and gardens, and how they have been used medicinally for centuries. Tracy is a horticulturist who has been studying herbs and their medicinal uses for the past six years. She uses herbs and food to prevent illness and to heal. Her program will discuss how these common plants can address a variety of ailments from the common cold and flu to stomach issues and skin issues.

Monday, December 14, 2015

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Topic: "The Early Glassmaking Industry in New Hampshire"

Speaker:  Michael George

Location: Congregational Church of Amherst (Village Green)

 Please join us as Michael George talks about the history of glassmaking in our state. From as early as 1780, a few small NH towns became important production sources of windows, bottles, and other glass objects. Learn more about these historic operations! Free glass evaluations!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Postponed to Monday, March 14, 2016 due to weather.

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Topic: "The Amoskeag Manufacturing Co., A History of Enterprise on the Merrimack River"

Speaker:  Aurore Eaton

Location: Congregational Church of Amherst (Village Green)

Please join the Historical Society and author Aurore Eaton to explore the incredible growth and lasting impacts of Manchester's Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. The company, founded in 1831, used both water and land power to produce products from Civil War muskets to iconic gingham. Amoskeag's history includes tales of inventors, visionaries, city planners, and engineering geniuses—along with the stories of countless immigrants and workers drawn to the economic opportunities along the river's shores. Though the Amoskeag's doors closed in 1936, its properties are now anchoring a new phase of the city's history.

Monday, April 11, 2016

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Topic:  "Yankee Humor, Music and Assorted Nonsense"

Speaker:  Fred Marple

Location: Congregational Church of Amherst (Village Green)

Marple is the unofficial spokesman for the mythical town of Frost Heaves, NH, and he’s on a one-man campaign to put Frost Heaves back on the map. “It’s a one-man crusade because everyone else has real jobs,” says Marple.

Fred is the author of “Welcome to Frost Heaves,” a collection of semi-true tales, rumors and outright lies from his home town. Also known as humorist and songwriter Ken Sheldon, Fred has appeared on New Hampshire Chronicle, on the radio and in the pages of NH Magazine and Yankee Magazine, for which Sheldon writes a regular humor column. Fred is also the star of in the Internet video hit, "Yoga for Yankees” featuring such innovative poses as “Downward Scratching Dog” and other genuine New England poses.

Monday, June 13, 2016

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Annual Membership Meeting

Speaker: Society President with special presentations and refreshments

Location:  Wigwam Museum


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