26 April: Rachel Mustin

posted Jun 23, 2016, 6:53 PM by Amherst Club
In the absence of President Andrea Battle, vice-President Allen Hanson  called the meeting of the Amherst Club to order at noon on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, and welcomed us all on a dark and stormy day!

Allen reminded us that May 3rd will be our Awardees Lunch, when as many as possible of us should be present to congratulate the recipients and receive their thanks.

Therese Brady Donohue thanked Jean Miller for sending out thank-you notes to all the businesses who contributed to the Cabaret Silent Auction.


Friday, April 29th - The Amherst Historical Society has another "History Bite" at noon. In connection with the current exhibit, three textile artists will discuss their work. Bring your lunch!

Saturday, April 30th – Photographs by award-winning photographer Don David, husband of member Honore David, will be on display at Loomis Village main building, 20 Bayou Drive, South Hadley, 10 am – 2 pm. Wine and hors d'oeuvres. The exhibit will be up until June 30th.

 Tuesday, May 3rd - Valley Gives day, a 24-hour online giving event to encourage philanthropy among the residents of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties in Western Massachusetts. Donors can contribute to their favorite nonprofit organizations via valleygivesday.org.

Wednesday, May 25th – Potluck at 6 pm at member Barbara Freed€™s, 33 Echo Hill, Amherst, to discuss future plans and ideas for the Amherst Club. Note the date change! Please come with your suggestions for the future of our club! RSVP to Barbara at g.freed@comcast.net and let her know what dish you will bring.  Barbara will supply drinks and paper goods.

Raffle:  Linda Honan won the wine, and Claude Tellier and Philippe Galaski  won the $10.


Allen introduced our speaker, member Rachel Hare Mustin, who gallantly stepped into the breach when the featured speaker had to withdraw. Rachel spoke about the numerous – about 1550 – American Indian words that have become part of the English language. We are all familiar with the Indian place-names along the East Coast, starting with Massachusetts, but it was surprising and interesting to learn how many other words also came from the interactions between Indians and colonists, from succotash to bucks (as in dollars), from buckskin, which was an Indian unit of exchange!

Your scribe,  Linda Honan