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.
Amherst College Archives, Dickinson Museum to Mark 150th Anniversary of Local Resident’s Civil War Death with Exhibit, Discussion, Reenactment
Submitted on Friday, 3/23/2012, at 2:19 PM
March 23, 2012
AMHERST, Mass.—This March and April, Amherst College’s Archives and Special Collections and the Emily Dickinson Museum will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the March 1862 death of Frazar Stearns, son of college president William Augustus Stearns, with a special exhibition, panel discussion and “living history” encampment. The events are free and open to the public.
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.