UMass Amherst Archaeologists Assist Preparations for Reconstruction of Conservatory at Emily Dickinson Museum

June 2, 2014

Contact: Larry Rivais 413/545-0444

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Date:   Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Time:  10 a.m. to noon

Place:  Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main St., Amherst

A team from University of Massachusetts Amherst Archaeological Services is studying a foundation area at the Emily Dickson Museum to help prepare for reconstruction of a conservatory at the poet’s home.

Jane H. Wald, director of the Emily Dickinson Museum, which includes The Homestead where the poet was born and lived most of her life, said the team is working to identify the exact dimensions and construction methods of the original conservatory.

The work includes digging for footings and collecting artifacts.

The conservatory was built in 1855 and dismantled in 1916. Some of the original architectural elements have been preserved and will be reused.

The area had more recently served as a garden for a number of years.

Tim Barker, field supervisor for UMass Archaeological Services, will be at the site and available to discuss the work.