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Historic Deerfield Announces 2019 Spring and Summer Program Calendar
Deerfield, Mass. (March 4, 2019)---With the arrival of spring upon us, Historic Deerfield's regular season of operation is about to begin - with a full slate of programs and events at the museum to help enrich visitor experience into the summer season. The regular season at the museum kicks off on Saturday, April 13 with the annual Patriot's Day Revolutionary Muster. During this day-long event, visitors will be able to travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot's Day holiday and the "shot heard 'round the world." Revolutionary times will come to life through lively re-enactments including cannon-firing and musket drills, demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a muster.
Historic Deerfield will offer school vacation week (April 15-21) activities that include daily open hearth cooking demonstrations and a daily program on the art of stenciling, at the History Workshop, the museum's educational, interactive space.
Other highlights during spring and summer at the museum include a a one-day forum, "Federal Cabinetmaking: Kneeland & Adams of Hartford," the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, featuring "Entertainments at Taverns and Long Rooms in New England, 1700-1900" a summer-long educational program on agriculture, a symposium on plaster and plastering in early New England, and the free summer lecture series,"Going Global."
The museum will offer free admission for mothers on Mother's Day, May 12, and for fathers on Father's Day, June 16.
2019 Spring and Summer Program Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, all programs are included with admission to the museum.
Patriot's Day Revolutionary Muster 2019
Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate Patriot's Day at Historic Deerfield! Travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot's Day holiday and the "shot heard round the world." Revolutionary times will come to life through lively re-enactments including cannon-firing and musket drills, demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a muster.
Federal Cabinetmaking: Kneeland & Adams of Hartford
Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Additional Fee.
Historic Deerfield One-Day Decorative Arts Forum
In 2016, the ledger of Lemuel Adams, the shop principal of the Hartford, Connecticut, cabinetmaking firm Kneeland & Adams (1792-1795), was discovered. It featured the shop's financial accounts, biographical information, customer lists, shop output, and other previously unknown information - leading to new scholarship on the firm and its larger network of cabinetmaking firms in southern New England. This forum will provide context for and a summary of the ongoing research of the firm. See historic-deerfield.org for more information and to register online.
The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife
Entertainments at Taverns and Long Rooms in New England, 1700-1900
June 21-23, Deerfield Community Center
Additional fee, registration required. See
for more information and to register online.
Plaster and Plastering in Early New England
Saturday, July 13, 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Deerfield Community Center
Historic Deerfield will offer a one-day program focused on the subject of plaster and plastering and its use in early New England architecture. This symposium will consist of morning lectures on the history and practice of plastering and afternoon workshops demonstrating a variety of the trade's skills, including flat plastering, ornamental work, and plaster repair.
The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs, and a Glacial Lake: Understanding the Stories Preserved in our Rocks and Landscape
As one of the best places to study geology in the world, the Connecticut River Valley displays an amazing array of dramatic and even unique geologic events. These events helped to not only shape the natural landscape but also the area's industrial, agricultural and cultural heritage. Learn the stories of this landscape and how its natural history impacted life in the region.
The program includes overnight accommodations at The Deerfield Inn, an historic 19th-century inn with modern amenities. Several meals are also included with each excursion.
For more information, visit historic-deerfield.org or contact Julie Orvis, (413) 775-7179 or
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. , Hall Tavern Kitchen, unless otherwise noted
During April School Vacation week, come visit with our hearth cooks as they prepare family-style dinners like they did in early New England. Help mix batter, churn butter, and learn about the mail meal of the day - dinner!
April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25
Old Roots and New Shoots: The Challenges of Cooking in Springtime
By the time spring came, early New Englanders had just about used up their supply of stored and preserved food. Discover the meaning of "scraping the bottom of the barrel" and learn why people of the past eagerly awaited the first fresh foods of the season like asparagus, eggs, and milk.
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Cooking with Herbs
Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of hearth cooking while learning about colonial foods and diet. Come and learn about the use of herbs in cooking that were used to add flavor and freshness to seasonal dishes. Visit the Cooks' Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske and see what's growing.
July 6, 13, 20, 27
A Strawberry in Winter: Making Fruit Preserves
Summer is a time for fresh berries - strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries ripen quickly for short, sweet seasons. Come see how early New England cooks preserved the sweet berries of summer to enjoy all year long.
Hands-On Learning Programs
Daily, April 14-21, Weekends, April 27 - May 26
12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., History Workshop
Stenciling is an early form of interior decorating that is still popular today. Come to the History Workshop to learn about this wonderful art form and find out about the early New England itinerant artists who traveled from home to home decorating walls. Join us for some wall stenciling and make a beautiful stenciled artwork to take with you. Fun for all ages.
Amazing Agriculture: Past and Present
July 1-August 24
Daily, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m., History Workshop
Join us at the History Workshop and "dig in" to some fascinating activities as you explore the rich heritage of agriculture in Deerfield. The deep, fertile soil of the Connecticut River Valley has nourished crops for thousands of years making it possible for Indigenous people, European settlers and contemporary farmers to thrive on the land. Work in our family garden where we grow broom corn for making brooms and flax for spinning. Learn about and use real farm tools of the past, take a peat pot of seeds home with you, and on special days, meet some gentle farm animals.
Summer Lecture Series
July 11, 18, 25 7 p.m., Deerfield Community Center
During the 1500s trade between Asia, Western Europe, and the Americas began connecting people and places across thousands of miles. Traders, makers, and artists responded to the seemingly inexhaustible Western enthusiasm for Asian goods, including India cottons, Chinese silk, porcelain, and especially tea. This lecture series explores the global encounters that launched a world economy, fueled a consumer revolution, and spurred dreams of cosmopolitanism among Westerners captivated by an imagined Asian aesthetic. Visit
for lecture speakers and more information.
Hours and Admission
Historic Deerfield opens for the regular season on Saturday, April 13, 2019, when it will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. through December 22, 2019 (closed Thanksgiving Day).The Memorial Libraries are open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore will be open daily beginning April 13, from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission, which includes all museum houses, the History Workshop, the Apprentice's Workshop, and exhibitions at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, is $18 for adults (18+), $5 for children (6-17), under age 6, Deerfield/South Deerfield residents, and members are free.
About Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Historic Deerfield, Inc., focuses on the significance of small-town America to the national culture. Founded in 1952, the museum includes 12 historic houses, which are regularly open to the public as well as the exhibition building, the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. It stewards a nationally significant collection of approximately 28,000 household artifacts both rare and common - including furniture, metalwares, textiles, needlework, ceramics, and more - many with documented histories of local ownership or manufacture. These authentic objects document the stories and founding years of our nation, and through them, visitors learn the stories of generations of real people whose beliefs, belongings, lifestyles, conflicts, economy, and technology unlock the door to the past and help us to better understand today.