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Tercentenary Headquarters at the Fire Station

The old fire station, which was built in 1860 and razed in 1930, acted as the headquarters during Amherst’s celebration of the tercentenary of the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1930.
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We're all set for this morning's visit by the Mary Mattoon Chapter of the DAR! Contact us to schedule your own personalized group visit to Special Collections!

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Happy Cow Appreciation Day!! We've got plenty of cow-related materials in our collections for you to appreciate so stop in today!

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The Thirteen Colonies

These girls are in costumes with sashes that represent the thirteen original colonies. They may be dressed as part of a beauty pageant or perhaps a Fourth of July celebration.
#throwbackthursday

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It's the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau! If you can't make it out to Walden Pond to celebrate, visit our exhibit instead. Due to a workshop this morning, Special Collections opening a little later, but we'll be here from 11:30am-5:00pm today so stop by and see "Let Us Consider Walden!"
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#henrydavidthoreau #thoreaubicentennial #thoreaubirthday #waldenpond #librariesofinstagram #archivesofinstagram

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Seeking Gardens Advisory Committee Members!
The Jones Library is seeking six volunteers with gardening, landscaping, and/or garden design experience to serve on our new Gardens Advisory Committee. Letters of interest due by July 31.
Follow the link for more information!

Dedication of Flagpole, July 1899

A crowd stands on the Town Common for the dedication of the flagpole on July 4, 1899. The flag and staff were presented to the Edwin M. Stanton Grand Army post by George Cutler, Jr. and Leonard M. Hills. The staff, constructed of steel, was 100 feet in height.
#throwbackthursday

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Special Collections will be closed Monday, July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th. Our regular hours resume Wednesday, July 5th. Happy Independence Day! (Photo by Stan Sherer)

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One of our collections is now easier to use with a new finding aid!

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Amherst and Belchertown Railroad Station

The Amherst and Belchertown Railroad was incorporated in 1851 and the line was completed by May 1853. It cost a dollar to go from Amherst to Springfield and $2.85 to get to Boston. The station, located on Railroad Street, continued to be in use until 2014. #throwbackthursday

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We are operating under reduced hours the week of June 26th. Please see our website for details. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Fun photo: Mabel Loomis Todd in Japan during her husband's solar eclipse expedition in 1896.

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Dedication of Hope Church

Members of Hope Church congregation gather in 1912 at the dedication of their church located on Gaylord Street. The Hope Society congregation was founded in 1907. #throwbackthursday

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Special Collections is closed today, Wed. 6/21.

Stop by today and be one of the first to read our latest issue of American Ancestors - it includes an article on PETS!! 🐕🐈🐇🐢

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