Banister Book Group
Tuesday, September 29 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. In the Shadow of the Dam
by Elizabeth M. Sharpe
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On May 16, 1874, the Williamsburg reservoir dam broke, sending an avalanche of water from the Mill River over five villages that lined the valley in western Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Sharpe is a historian, writer, lecturer and educator living in Amherst, Mass. She is a native of Westfield, Mass. and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She received a master's degree in history museum studies from the Cooperstown (NY) Graduate Program and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Delaware.
She is a former deputy assistant director for public programs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History where she worked for 20 years. She moved back to western Massachusetts in 2002 to raise her children here and write history.
Her award winning book In the Shadow of the Dam: The Aftermath of the Mill River Flood of 1874, was published by the Free Press in 2004. She is the author of Amherst A to Z, 1759-2009 which the Amherst Historical society published in 2009 in celebration of the town's 250th anniversary.
She is president of the Amherst Historical Society and a member of the Amherst Historical Commission.