Since its inception in 1957 (view list of charter members), our Society’s mission has been to promote the study and recording of Amherst’s rich history, and to arrange for the safekeeping of artifacts and old records.

We meet five times a year where members and guests are treated to programs on diverse historical topics followed by refreshments and a chance to meet and talk to neighbors.

Please support our mission by becoming a member!


Join our Society, renew your membership, or donate online!

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Monday, April 9, 2018

7:30 pm

Congregational Church

To be announced.

(learn more)


Opening Saturday, May 12, 2018


New Hampshire History Network

is up and running!
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Stay involved with the latest Historical Society happenings!

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Questions on building alterations in the Historic District?  Contact the Historic District Commission.


The Heritage Commission can assist homeowners with preserving Amherst's heritage.




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A Sampling of What We Do

   The Historical Society:


Cares for two Museums - The Wigwam and the Chapel - both located in pristine Amherst Village.


Digitized hundreds of old photographs, which are now accessible through this Web site on the Digital Images link.


Works cooperatively with the Amherst Town Library which contains a wealth of information on our town's past.


Researched and wrote Walking Tours of Amherst Village. This guide book includes 57 buildings and sites organized into four tours of the Amherst Village Historic District, and it was the recipient of the N. H. Preservation Alliance's 2011 Preservation Achievement Award.


Researched and wrote Amherst, New Hampshire: A Sleeping Town Awakens 1881/1982, to bring the town's history up to date from Daniel F. Secomb's 1883 book.


Continues to record oral and written histories and maintain scrapbooks of town events and citizen accomplishments. (Click here to see our oral history tape collection.)


Publishes six newsletters a year for its membership, keeping them informed on current happenings and offering research articles of historic interest.


Last modified on: February 15, 2018


Historical Society of Amherst, NH

PO Box 717

Amherst, NH 03031


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