Frost Library to Host Book Launch of Amherst Professor Marni Sandweiss’ Passing Strange Feb. 5

January 29, 2008  

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College’s Frost Library will host a book launch of Professor of American Studies and History Marni Sandweiss’ new book, Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across the Color Line ($27.95, The Penguin Press, 2009), in the periodicals area on the main floor of the building at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5.

Frost Library to Host Talk on the Diaries of Orra White Hitchcock Sept. 24

September 19, 2008               

AMHERST, Mass.—On Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m., Robert L. Herbert, professor emeritus of Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, will give a talk on the diaries of Orra White Hitchcock, a well-known resident of the Pioneer Valley in the 1800s, in the Archives and Special Collections of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College. Herbert will read the diaries’ heart-rending accounts of slavery in Richmond, Va., and passages describing what the writer saw on the streets of London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Frankfurt and Paris at the time.

Amherst College and Town Libraries Marking 250th Anniversary of Noah Webster’s Birth with Special Exhibits

September 17, 2008               

AMHERST, Mass.—The Archives and Special Collections Department of the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College and the Jones Library in the town of Amherst are together celebrating the life and accomplishments of Noah Webster, one of the founders of the college and a 10-year resident of the area, with exhibits on display through January and a birthday reception at Frost’s Archives and Special Collections Department on Thursday, Oct. 16. The exhibits—which commemorate the 250th anniversary of Webster’s birth on Oct. 16, 1758—represent the first time the Frost and Jones libraries have collaborated on a project. Both the exhibits and the reception are free and open to the public.