Amherst History Museum displays Emily Dickinson's only surviving article of clothing: white dress (photo by Jim Wald)
What is the cost of professionally dry cleaning Superman's cape? $1,000. Yes, pocket change.
Although the Amherst Historical Society is also requesting an additional $20,000 for improvements to the Strong House, home of the Amherst History Museum. The museum is located next door to Amherst's other downtown gem, the Jones Library.
Town Meeting will have to approve the CPA committee's recommendations, but they usually do.
Via the CPA Amherst has been good to our resident icon over the past few years, appropriating money to renovate/preserve the black ornate iron fence around her final resting place in West Cemetery, improving lighting and signage around the cemetery itself, and helped with a small amount of seed money for the transformation of the landscape around Miss Emily's home.
While our reclusive poetic genius was indeed, wrapped in white for her funeral then lovingly ensconced in a white coffin for her final journey to West Cemetery, it's more of an urban legend that she dressed only in white.
Still, this simple -- but priceless -- white dress is all we have. Also priceless? Respect!