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On May 18th, 1893, Amy Barnes Maynard invited eleven Amherst women to meet at her home on the Massachusetts Agricultural College to discuss forming a Woman's Club. The Club was founded "to foster the interests of its members in literary, scientific, musical, historical, and other topics of vital importance; to promote culture and cordial personal relations among women; and to contribute to the welfare of the community." Service to the community was to be an integral part of the club from its origin. The Club was incorporated in 1903 and in 2018, year, we celebrated 125 years of fulfilling that commitment of service to the Amherst community.

Our beautiful 1864 Italianate Renaissance mansion is located in the heart of the Emily Dickinson Historic District in Amherst, MA. and is the Club’s home.   It was a gift to the Amherst Woman's Club from Alice Maud Hills in 1922.  One of the most important tasks of the Amherst Woman's Club has been to maintain the Hills Memorial Clubhouse.   Through club members' contributions, we have preserved this property for nearly one hundred years.  The Amherst Woman's Club, which is air conditioned, is available for both intimate and large-scale weddings as well as all of life's important occasions.


In 1928, club members and their guests posed on the front steps of the Amherst Woman’s Club, celebrating the 35th year as a club. On the front row stands Amy Barnes Maynard, founder of the club (third from left facing photo).

Hills Memorial Clubhouse—our home.

Our newly renovated, air conditioned interior space.

Preservation & Restoration

2010 - Interior decoration

2023 - Update the Balcony

Upcoming events

  • September 12, 2024 10:00 AM
    35 Triangle Street, Amherst, MA 01002

About us

Our community is filled with a wonderfully diverse women. The Amherst Woman’s Club (AWC) is bringing those women together to meet and connect with each other.

Join us and discover how the simple joy of connecting with your neighbors, being inspired by a local speaker and enjoying each other’s company can help forge new friendships and a sense of belonging among our spectacular community of women.

Become a member

"A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.”               -Maya Angelou

Join us today and come enjoy the company of new friends.

Contact us

Amherst Woman's Club

35 Triangle Street

Amherst, MA 01002

Membership: (413) 549-5679

Event Rental: (413) 200-0447

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