Browse Exhibits (22 total)

Amherst Neighborhoods


Explorations of the neighborhoods and houses of Amherst, including historical and current maps.

Amherst and the Muses


History and biographies, as well as examples of the works and influences of Amherst's many literary, intellectual, and artistic figures.

Amherst Architecture


Essays and images of Amherst's early and present-day enduring buildings.

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Amherst Before 1759


The era from Amherst's settlement to its designation as a district.

Amherst's Champions


Amherst's people, places, and events in the fields of sports and entertainment.

Amherst's Changing Physical Landscape


The vastness of Amherst's topography, roads, and population centers, displayed in images, maps, and essays.

Business, Industry, and Transportation


The evolution of local commerce and the development of Amherst as an entrepreneurial and industrial center.

Clifton Johnson

Explores the life and work of Clifton Johnson, including his writings, photography and other artwork.

Farming and Agriculture in Amherst


The land and the people of Amherst's vital farming community.

In the Catskills

Clifton Johnson and John Burroughs Online Exhibit Flyer.pdf

Almost a century ago local author, artist, and photographer Clifton Johnson traveled to visit his longtime friend, naturalist John Burroughs. Together they wandered the fields and farmland surrounding his home in New York’s Catskills. These excursions were documented through Johnson’s precise eye and delicate camerawork. Each photograph captures a moment foreign in time and yet familiar today. In his images of daily life one is met with a resounding presence, as if each moment captured in Johnson’s lens lives on.

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Love and Courtship by Mail

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Writing a letter may seem outdated in the modern era since we can now communicate instantly via texting, email, and video calls but for most of human history snail mail was the dominant form of communication. Letters told the news from home, conducted business, or even proposed marriage. Many different aspects of love and courtship have taken place through the mail over the years. Love letters slipped into a classmate’s desk, flowery declarations of love, and epistles formally asking a father for permission to court his daughter are all included in this exhibit. Love and courtship does not always end happily ever after and the more painful side is seen in a letter rejecting a suitor.


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Northerner in a Southern Country


Learn more about Clifton Johnson's travels through the American South and his visits with Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver at the Tuskegee Institute.

Peoples of Amherst


Amherst's demographics, ethnicity, and societal organizations from the 19th century to the present.

Robert Francis, At Home & Abroad


This exhibit on Robert Francis explores his life at home in Amherst and his travels abroad.


Ruth Payne Burgess - Sketches of Her Life


Learn about the Life and Art of this American artist known for her naturalistic style.

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