Historical Commission

HISTORIC PRESERVATION IS ALIVE AND STRONG IN AMHERST.  FROM NORTH AMHERST, TO SOUTH AMHERST, AND TO THE CENTER OF TOWN, HISTORIC PLACES MATTER TO OUR COMMUNITY.

HISTORICAL COMMISSION OVERVIEW

 

Created in October 1972 by Amherst Town Meeting, the Amherst Historical Commission is charged under local and state law with “the preservation, protection, and development of the historical and archaeological resources of the Town.”  The Commission is responsible for implementing the Amherst Preservation Plan for the entire community and the West Cemetery Preservation Plan for Amherst’s oldest burying ground.

The Commission maintains and updates an inventory of historic properties and sites in Amherst, available for review in the Planning Department office and at Special Collections at the Jones Library. The Commission develops nominations for the listing of historic districts and individual properties on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Commission undertakes a wide variety of historic preservation projects, including the preservation and restoration of Amherst’s historic public cemeteries, Amherst's three historic commons and several historic parks, public buildings, and sites. The Commission works with other Town boards/committees and community historic preservation groups, interested citizens, and Town staff on such projects. 



JCANorth Library


 

Emily Dickinson House

 

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       From Top Left: JCA, North Amherst Library, Emily Dickinson House, Downtown Amherst


AMHERST WRITERS WALK

The Amherst Writers Walk is a self-directed walking tour to the locations of houses in Amherst where once famous authors lived and worked. This is a lovely way to explore the Town by strolling along historic streets to find the signs marking these residences and explaining the significant contributions of the writers who lived there. The list of authors and a map can be found on the reverse side of this brochure. Originating in a course at the University of Massachusetts on Public History, realized by the Amherst Historical Commission, funded by Community Preservation Act funds, and installed by the Department of Public Works in 2021, this tour supplements the historic public buildings in Town, such as the Jones Library, Town Hall, churches, and Amherst College buildings. Learn more here: www.amherstma.gov/writerswalk

resources


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD (3.85 MB) THE 1894 REVISED EDITION OF THE HANDBOOK OF AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS, PREPARED AND PUBLISHED BY FREDERICK H. HITCHCOCK

Members

*Appointed by Town Manager: 7 members / 3-year terms
Members
Appointed
Term Expiration
Patricia J. Auth 
2018
2022
Katherine Davis
2021
2024
Robin Fordham
2018
2022
Rebecca Lockwood
2021
2024
Jan Marquardt, Vice Chair
2015
2023
Hetty Startup
2019
2023
Jane Wald, Chair
2015
2022