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Spring and Summer at Historic Deerfield Feature Great Programs and Events for All Ages
Deerfield, Mass. (March 12, 2018)---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 14 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 demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a muster.
Historic Deerfield will offer school vacation week (April 16-22) activities that include daily open hearth cooking demonstrations and a daily program on the art of quilling, at the History Workshop, the museum's educational, interactive space.
Other highlights during spring and summer at the museum include a special panel discussion and book signing featuring new research on King Philip's War, a one-day forum, "Connoisseurship and Artful Deceptions: Understanding 18th-Century English Ceramics," the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, featuring "Religious Spaces: Our Vanishing Landmarks" a summer-long educational program on tea, a symposium on the vernacular architecture of New England from the late-17th century to the mid-19th century, and the free summer lecture series,"Reading Objects, Finding Histories."
The museum will offer free admission for mothers on Mother's Day, May 13, and for fathers on Father's Day, June 17.
2018 Spring and Summer Program Schedule
Unless otherwise noted, all programs are included with admission to the museum.
Patriot's Day Revolutionary Muster 2017
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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 demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a muster.
Conflict, Resistance, and Legacies: Revisiting King Philip's War
Panel Discussion and Book Signing
Saturday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Free.
Garonzik Auditorium, Deerfield Academy
Three historians offer groundbreaking reinterpretations of the 17th-century conflict later remembered as "King Philip's War." Lisa Brooks (Amherst College), Christine DeLucia (Mount Holyoke College), and Neal Salisbury (Smith College, Emeritus) will share new evidence and perspectives that shed fresh light on the origins, nature, and persistent powerful legacies of one of the most devastating wars in North American history.
Connoisseurship and Artful Deceptions: Understanding 18th-Century English Ceramics
Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Additional Fee.
Historic Deerfield One-Day Decorative Arts Forum in association with The Decorative Arts Trust
Enhance your knowledge and understanding of several types of English ceramics (delftwares, early Staffordshire earthenwares and stonewares, transfer-printed creamware and pearlware, and porcelains) and increase your awareness of potential deceptions and frauds in the market. See historic-deerfield.org for more information and to register online.
The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife
Religious Spaces: Our Vanishing Landmarks
June 22-24, Deerfield Community Center
Additional fee, registration required. See
for more information and to register online.
Out of the Ordinary: Variations on New England Building Practices
July 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Historic Deerfield is offering a one-day program exploring lesser known building types and construction techniques found throughout various parts of New England. Talks will focus on unique specimens of vernacular architecture dating from the late-seventeenth century to the mid-nineteenth century.
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), Hall Tavern Kitchen
April 16-22 *School Vacation Week program daily
What's For Dinner?
When did dinner become lunch? What happened to supper? Did you ever wonder why we call some foods side dishes? Come and visit with our open hearth cooks to find the answers to these questions. Our hearth cooks will be preparing simple dinners in the kitchen of the Hall Tavern.
May 5, 12, 19, 26
All foods were cooked "from scratch" in the past. Come explore old cookbooks with our open hearth cooks and learn how to decipher historic "receipts" for some common late 18th-century dishes. We will feature seasonal ingredients like fresh herbs and asparagus that were welcomed in the kitchen after a long, cold winter.
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
From Hearth to Table
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. This month we also feature ingredients that were in season and abundant like fresh eggs and milk, and seasonal produce like berries.
July 7, 14, 21, 28
A Special Occasion: Food and Drink for Celebrations
Watch hearth cooks prepare a different "celebratory" food or beverage each Saturday in July. Learn how early New Englanders marked special events like weddings or holidays, even elections, with special food and drink. Note: fire will be lit weather permitting.
July 8, 15, 22, 29
Highlights of the Cooks' Garden
1 p.m.-4 p.m., drop in anytime
Join an open hearth cook in the Cooks' Garden to learn about herbs and seasonal vegetables that were used for both food and flavor in the past.
Quilling and Curling: An Art Form that Celebrates the Natural World
April 16-22, 28-29; Weekends in May and June
12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., History Workshop
Quillwork is the art of curling small strips of paper into intricate coiled designs. It is an ancient art form first seen as metal filigree used to decorate Greek, Egyptian, and Etruscan tombs. Many centuries later, paper filigree became popular in Europe as an art form used in making framed coats of arms, portraits, and decorative shadow boxes. In colonial America coiling decorative paper was called "quillwork" because the shaft of a goose feather or "quill" was used as the tool to roll strips of paper. This spring we will be teaching the art of quilling at History Workshop. Come and join us to make a beautiful example of quillwork. While you are quilling you can learn about the curving forms in the natural world: vines, leaves, flowers, and shells that inspired so much quillwork.
Tea Time, Any Time: All About Tea
July 1-August 26
Daily, 12 p.m.-4:30 p.m., History Workshop
Tea for two, three, four, or more! Some drink it hot, some drink it cold. This summer we will have tea time every day at the History Workshop! Learn about the rich global history of tea from the many legends surrounding its "discovery" in ancient China to the story of colonial America and the famous Boston Tea Party. Join us in sampling black tea, green tea, and herbal tea. You can see our indoor
Camellia sinensis tea plant, then visit our garden to pick mint and lemon balm, popular herbs for tea. Make a tea bag of black or herbal tea to take with you, practice proper tea etiquette, and choose some recipes for traditional foods eaten at tea time.
Summer Lecture Series
Reading Objects, Finding Histories
July 5, 12, 19 7:30 p.m., Deerfield Community Center
What do broken pieces of pottery, a family heirloom, and an artifact in a museum exhibit have in common? Made, owned and handled across generations, centuries or even millennia, historical artifacts are time travelers, carrying information and histories that might otherwise be misunderstood or forgotten altogether. Join us on Thursday evenings in July for three insightful lectures exploring what artifacts can teach us as bridges between past and present.
Hours and Admission
Historic Deerfield opens for the regular season on Saturday, April 14, 2018, when it will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. through December 23, 2018 (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 14, 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., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside.