The History of Christmas



MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 7:00-8:30 PM     via ZOOM  

      Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870 but the origin of the celebration is a long and interesting tale with roots back to ancient societies with pagan traditions celebrating the winter equinox.

      Presenter Sean Murphy, an Irish historian, will also include some information on the celebration of Christmas in Ireland and will incorporate recorded music and video to create a holiday friendly atmosphere.

Virtual Program. Registration Required. This program will be recorded.


Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 6:30-8:15 PM

Main Floor- Main Reading RoomAmherst Town Library

14 Main Street, Amherst, NH, 0303

      A hurricane will never surprise us again. But that’s what happened to the people of New England on September 21, 1938. Without any warning, the most destructive weather event ever to hit the Northeast pummeled the coast and blasted its way to Vermont and New Hampshire with torrential rain, flooding, and sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

      Join Stephen Long, author of Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England, to hear the story of New England’s Katrina.

      Long focuses on the devastation to the region’s forests in a time before chainsaws and skidders, and the daunting challenge facing New Englanders still in the throes of the Great Depression. His presentation is richly illustrated with archival photos of storm damage and the unprecedented recovery operation. Eighty years later, New Hampshire’s current forest mix springs largely from this hurricane that uprooted a billion board feet of its white pine forests.

      Copies of the book will be available for sale.

      This program is sponsored by the Historical Society of Amherst, in collaboration with the Amherst Town Library.

In-Person Program. Registration Required.

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Amherst Town Library Artist for December
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      AMHERST – The Friend of the Amherst Town Library would like to welcome back Wendy Ayotte and her inspirational paintings to the Amherst Town Library.  She will be exhibiting on the main floor of the library for the month of December.  The exhibit is open to all during library hours.       Wendy Ayotte is a mixed media artist who combines her love of recycled materials, collage, acrylic paint and text to create colorful art with uplifting messages and strong visual impact. Based in Milford, NH Wendy is an avid reader who is inspired by the written word in all

its forms. Using color and text, she chooses to make art that lifts the spirit and imbues the viewer with a joyful sense of hope and positive inspiration. She believes deeply in affirming the worth of all people, and especially encouraging kids to believe in themselves and their unique individual value.

      When not making her own art, Wendy works in Behavioral Health for Foundation Counseling & Wellness. She loves spending time outdoors or by the fire with her husband Dan, adult children Emma, Max, and Lily and her extended family. She also enjoys baking decadent (mostly chocolate) desserts and then eating them. 

      Stop by the Amherst Town Library to see Wendy’s work.  Questions regarding a painting can be directed to Wendy at  If you are interested in exhibiting at the Amherst Town Library, contact Sharron at

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