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 17, 2016

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Topic:  "The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us"

Speaker:  Margo Burns

Location:  Wigwam Museum (Corner of Middle & Cross Streets)

Join the Historical Society of Amherst and leading Salem witch trials historian Margo Burns to explore this most extraordinary chapter of American history. Margo Burns is the great-x10-grand daughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was hanged in 1692 for witchcraft. Burns is associate editor and project manager of the book "Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt,” a collection of all the primary source legal records of those trials.

She appears in a variety of documentaries about the Salem witchcraft trials, including "Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence.” which plays at the Visitor Center in Salem, MA; "Salem: Unmasking the Devil," for the National Geographic Channel, and most recently on TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” talking with actor Scott Foley about his ancestor, Samuel Wardwell, who was executed in Salem.

All are welcome to this free event and refreshments will be served. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Topic: "20 Storms that Altered the NH Landscape"

Speaker: Kevin Skarupa, WMUR Meteorologist

Location: Congregational Church of Amherst (Village Green)

For the last 200 years, New Hampshire has seen an incredible variety of damaging storms, some of which have changed communities forever. From floods to tornadoes to hurricanes, NH has seen it all…except for volcanoes and tsunamis!
Join WMUR meteorologist Kevin Skarupa as he goes over nearly 20 storms that have altered our landscape and created huge changes. He will take a look at 20 towns in the state, the biggest storms they ever had, and how the towns were forever changed. It will be a true weather history lesson for New Hampshire spanning the 1821 tornado all the way through the 2006 floods. While we all know how unpredictable the New England weather is, we don’t always realize the wide-spread and long term impact it has around us.

All are welcome to this free event and refreshments will be served. 


Monday, April 10, 2017

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Topic:  "Preserving NH's Barns"

Speaker: Beverly Thomas, Manager of New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's Old House and Barn Program

Location: Congregational Church of Amherst (Village Green)

Please join the Historical Society and Beverly Thomas, Manager of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's Old House and Barn Program, for an interesting look at NH's historic barns—and the resources available to help preserve them for the future.

New Hampshire's distinctive barns are as much a part of our landscape as stone walls and sugar maples. To help save them the Alliance has launched 52 Barns in 52 Weeks, a year-long program to partner with homeowners protecting some of the state's iconic barns and inspire others to do the same.

Beverly oversees both of the Alliance's grant programs for barn assessments and for community landmarks assessment or re-use studies. She coordinates a range of educational programs and the biennial Old House & Barn Expo, and provides direct advice, referrals, and resources to old house and barn owners.

All are welcome to this free event and refreshments will be served. 


Monday, May 8, 2017

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Topic:  "Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present"

Speaker: Glen Knoblock, Independent Scholar

Location: Wigwam Museum

Glenn will explore the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, when it was home-and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era. Illustrations present evidence of society's changing attitudes towards beer and alcohol consumption over the years.

Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a teetotaler you'll enjoy learning about (and possibly even sampling) some of New Hampshire's unique brewing products. Adults over 21 are welcome so please join the Historical Society on May 8th!


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Annual Membership Meeting

Speaker: Society President with special presentations and refreshments

Location:  Wigwam Museum


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