A New Face for the Belle of Amherst?
Submitted on Thursday, 9/13/2012, at 3:42 PM
by William Sweet
Imagine having the whole world judge you on a single snapshot—one taken when you were 16.
Dwell in Possibility: Big Ideas on Little Houses
Submitted on Wednesday, 5/9/2012, at 9:33 AM
At first glance, it looks like a tiny housing development has cropped up in the environs of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The 40 little white houses are like the words of the poet herself: carefully prepared, diligently arranged and deceptively spare. There aren’t any tiny people living here, though—just big ideas.
A Cannon for the Confederacy: The Legacy of Frazar Stearns
Submitted on Thursday, 3/15/2012, at 3:28 PM
By William Sweet
A century and a half ago, a member of the Amherst College Class of 1863 followed his chemistry professor into this country’s bloodiest conflict and returned in a coffin. After the body of Frazar Stearns—the son of the college’s fourth president, William Augustus Stearns—came back to Amherst, so did a cannon that he had helped reclaim from Confederate forces. It was a pale substitute for a 21-year-old with a promising future, but the “Amherst Cannon” would become a boon for historians.