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In the winter of 2015, members of Historic Deerfield’s Curatorial Department discovered evidence of an infestation in two of the museum’s historic houses. While the discovery of the infestation was disturbing, the action taken and lessons learned provided curatorial staff with a more responsive and proactive strategy for the future.
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A trove of 19th-century documents, consisting of journals, account books, maps, drawings, and notebooks, has recently been purchased at auction and will be available to researchers at the Memorial Libraries, Deerfield, Massachusetts.
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The powerful effect of light on objects solves the mystery of one rapidly fading curtain in the Wells-Thorn House.
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2015 Heritage Baking Contest Recipes and Stories
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Each year, volunteers craft wreaths for the doors of Old Deerfield. This year, a group of nearly 50 volunteers made wreaths for our historic houses.
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Historic Deerfield invites visitors to take a walk and enjoy the story of the “Ox-Cart Man,” a Caldecott Medal winning children’s book by Donald Hall, during “StoryWalk® Day” on Saturday, November 7.
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19th century families in the Connecticut River Valley suffered many losses by drowning while bathing, it seems.
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On paper, Submit Wright was a typical 18th-century Deerfield woman - so why did she forego a small inheritance had she just waited a little bit longer to get married?
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The Root of the Matter

Mar 19, 2015

North American ginseng finds a ready market in the 18th century China trade and continues to flourish into the 19th century when Deerfield doctor Stephen West Williams documents the medicinal properties of the root in his herbarium.
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In the 17th and 18th centuries, though, a tradition remained of constructing books using very thin pieces of wood - often only a couple of millimeters thick - called scaleboards or scabbards.
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