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Going to the Sources: Researching the Esther Packard (1801) Bed Rug

Researching the 1801 Esther Packard Bed Rug, currently the only documented bed rug from the Connecticut River Valley in the museum’s collection.
Recent Posts By Dan Sousa Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Intern As an institution that seeks to preserve and interpret the history and material culture of Deerfield, Massac… http://www.historic-deerfield.org/blog/going-sources-researching-esther-packard-1801-bed-rug/

Poison Control: Insecticide and Drug Sales in late 19th Century Charlemont, Massachusetts

In the 19th century, death by arsenic poison was common all over the world, partly because of the availability of arsenic-laced insecticides. This law is an early example of attempted regulation of drug sales. It was not until the early 20th century that …
Recent Posts by Heather Harrington, Associate Librarian In 1888, the state of Massachusetts amended an earlier 1887 bill that required the documenting of all sales of arsenic and… http://www.historic-deerfield.org/blog/poison-control-insecticide-and-drug-sales-late-19th-century-charlemont-massachusetts/