2017 Summer Lecture Series: Summer Living in Early America

July 06, 2017 - July 20, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Deerfield Community Center - 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA 01342


All lectures are free, and take place at the Deerfield Community Center.

Celebrate summer by joining us on Thursday evenings in July for three lectures devoted to rhythms of life of early America during these warmest months of the year. Summer Living in Early America will explore early community celebrations of the nation’s most important civic holiday, dressing to beat the heat, and summer foodways. 

Thursday, July 6
Len Travers, Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
"Hurrah for the Fourth! Independence Day in New England, 1777-1850”

Thursday, July 13
Neal Hurst, Associate Curator, Costumes and Textiles, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
"'For the heat is beyond your conception:' Dressing for the Heat in the Eighteenth Century"

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Thursday, July 20
Debra Friedman, Senior President, Old Sturbridge Village
“Tastes Like Asparagus:” Summer Eating in Early New England