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Envision Amherst

Community Engagement Drives the Master Plan Update Process 

The Town of Amherst is coordinating a community engagement campaign to ensure the 2022 Master Plan reflects the priorities of Amherst residents. This will include:

  • Analyzing January 2021 survey results 

  • Direct communication with organizations, businesses, and other local groups

  • Polling and online engagement opportunities

  • Focus groups

  • Two Interactive Community Forums

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Historical Society of Amherst

The Hurricane of ’38 Transformed New England

      AMHERST ­ Join The Historical Society and the Amherst Town Library for our next exciting program . . . 

Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England

December 13 at 6:30 pm

Town of Amherst Library

      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 the Historical Society of Amherst, the Town Library, and 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.

      This program is free and open to all! Please register ( so that we can estimate attendance. Masks are optional per library policy. Please join us on December 13 at the Library!