February 15, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.— The Dickinson Homestead, home of the poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), at 280 Main St. in Amherst, Mass., will open for its 2002 season on Saturday, March 2. The Homestead—the birthplace and home of the poet for 40 years—is open for guided tours from March through mid-December.

New this year is a free exhibit that will introduce visitors to major themes in Dickinson’s life, including her poetry, her education, her family and her interest in immortality. Located in the new Tour Center in the kitchen at the Homestead, the exhibit is free and open to the public whenever the Homestead is open.

The Homestead and The Evergreens will sponsor several events this year, including a concert on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in honor of National Poetry Month, and “ 'The Angle of a Landscape’: Nature and Art in Emily Dickinson’s World,” a series of summer programs related to the outdoors. The annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk will take place on Saturday, May 18 and the Birthday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 14.

The Homestead’s days and hours of operation change seasonally. In March, the Homestead is open Wednesday and Saturday with tours on the hour from 1 to 4 p.m. (Last tour at 4 p.m.). Beginning in April, the Homestead is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Reservations are recommended for tours, especially on Saturdays, and may be made by calling 413/542-8161. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/students, $3 for young people ages 6 to 18, and no charge for children under 6 or for students currently enrolled at one of the Five Colleges.

For more information, please call the Homestead at 413/542-8161, or visit the Homestead’s web site. The Homestead is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Trustees of Amherst College.