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 21, 2019

7:30 pm

Topic:  "Restoration of the Means Mansion"

Speaker:  Bill Veillette

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

Did you know that U.S. president Franklin Pierce was married right here in Amherst, and that the ceremony took place in a stately home that still graces the edge of our Village Green?

Join the Historical Society of Amherst and Bill Veillette, current owner of the Col. Robert Means ‘mansion house,’ for a free, fascinating program on the history, architectural features, and rehabilitation of a true Amherst treasure. Learn about the home’s long history and its many changes over the years, including its extensive restoration earlier this century. The Veillettes purchased the house in 1998, researched and planned its rehabilitation for 3 years, and did the work from 2001-2003. Along the way Bill learned much about colonial architecture—including our many modern misconceptions about the past. During the program he will also gently bust well-worn myths about "coffin doors," "Indian shutters," "widow's walks," and "exposed beams.”

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


Saturday, December 7, 2019

12:00 to 7:00 pm

Topic: "German Christmas Market"

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

Get into the holiday spirit while supporting Amherst’s Historic Society!  Inspired by the Christkindl markets of Europe, the second annual German Christmas Market will take place at the Wigwam Museum, 17 Middle Street, in Amherst, NH. Come partake in some holiday shopping... Listen to Christmas carolers while warming yourself by the bonfire... Enjoy hot food, drinks, and treats- plus festive light displays, and more!


Monday, February 10, 2020

7:30 pm

Topic: "Untimely: The Life and Death of Lelia Robinson Sawtelle"

Speaker: Rebecca Curtin, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

Location:  Congregational Church of Amherst (Village Green) Vestry

LeliaPlease join us as Professor Rebecca Curtin discusses the life and death of a remarkable pioneer of women's rights, Lelia Robinson Sawtelle (1850-1891). This is a particularly timely presentation as we celebrate the centenniel of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote. Although Lelia sadly passed before seeing the Amendment's passage, she certainly exemplifies the spirit of the suffragist movement.

Lelia was the first woman graduate of Boston University Law School. When denied admission to the Massachusetts Bar based on gender, she worked to change the law; paving the way for countless women to follow. The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts remembers her with their coveted Lelia J. Robinson Award which has been bestowed on such notables as Hillary Rodham Clinton and Janet Reno.

Leila, whose life was tragically cut short at age 41, is laid to rest in our own Meadow View cemetery with an epitaph that reads:  "
The pioneer woman lawyer of Massachusetts, Author, and Journalist. A lover of the true, the good and the beautiful."


Monday, April 13, 2020 - Postponed Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

7:30 pm

Topic: "TBD"


Location: Congregational Church of Amherst (Village Green) Vestry


Monday, June 8, 2020 - May be Postponed Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Annual Membership Reception

Speaker: Society President with special presentations and refreshments

Location:  Wigwam Museum


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