Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery
Apr
14
to Dec 23

Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery

The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery showcases Historic Deerfield's important collection of fashion, needlework, and domestic textiles. The core of the collection was assembled through the efforts of one of the museum's founders, Helen Geier Flynt (1895-1986). Considered one of the finest collections in America, the collection contains items dating from the late 17th century through the mid-20th century.

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Tea Time, Any Time: All About Tea
Jul
1
to Aug 26

Tea Time, Any Time: All About Tea

Daily

This summer we will have tea time every day at the History Workshop!  Learn about the rich global history of tea and join us in sampling black tea, green tea, and herbal tea. 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.

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: A Special Occasion - Food and Drink for Celebrations
Jul
7
to Jul 28

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: A Special Occasion - Food and Drink for Celebrations

Saturdays

Come and watch hearth cooks prepare a different “celebratory” food or beverage each Saturday in July. Come and 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.

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The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs, and a Glacial Lake: Understanding the Amazing Stories Preserved in our Rocks and Landscape
Jul
16
to Jul 20

The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs, and a Glacial Lake: Understanding the Amazing Stories Preserved in our Rocks and Landscape

The Connecticut River Valley is one of the best places to study geology in the world. It displays an amazing array of dramatic and even unique geologic events. The Valley’s geologic heritage also creates the environment for diverse human achievements. During this 5-day program, you will learn about the the amazing story found in the rocks.

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Deerfield Bicycle Tour: The River Rolls Through It
Aug
12
to Aug 17

Deerfield Bicycle Tour: The River Rolls Through It

Discover Historic Deerfield and the beautiful Connecticut River Valley from the seat of your bicycle this summer!  Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn are teaming up with River’s Edge Cycling to offer a week full of handlebar-view adventures traveling the scenic byways and quiet back roads to some of the valley’s vibrant and charming communities.  In addition to great cycling, this tour is rich with opportunities to learn about the natural, historic and cultural distinctions that make this part of Massachusetts so special.  

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Summer Lecture Series: Reading Objects, Finding Histories
Jul
5
to Jul 19

Summer Lecture Series: Reading Objects, Finding Histories

Thursdays in July! Free

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.

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: From Hearth to Table
Jun
2
to Jun 30

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: From Hearth to Table

Saturdays

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 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.

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Connoisseurship and Artful Deceptions:  Understanding 18th-Century English Ceramics
May
19
8:30 AM08:30

Connoisseurship and Artful Deceptions: Understanding 18th-Century English Ceramics

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.
 

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Conflict, Resistance, and Legacies: Revisiting King Philip’s War
Apr
28
1:30 PM13:30

Conflict, Resistance, and Legacies: Revisiting King Philip’s War

Panel Discussion and Book Signing. Co-sponsored by Historic Deerfield and 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. 

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Quilling and Curling: An Art Form that Celebrates the Natural World
Apr
28
to Jun 24

Quilling and Curling: An Art Form that Celebrates the Natural World

Saturdays and Sundays

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. 

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: From Scratch
Apr
28
to May 26

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: From Scratch

Saturdays

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.

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Quilling and Curling: An Art Form that Celebrates the Natural World
Apr
16
to Apr 22

Quilling and Curling: An Art Form that Celebrates the Natural World

School Vacation Week

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. 

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Meet the Authors: Book Signings at the Museum Gift Shop
Apr
14
11:00 AM11:00

Meet the Authors: Book Signings at the Museum Gift Shop

Meet the authors of several new books at the Museum Gift Shop & Bookstore on Saturday, April 14. Meet John Demos, the author of Purtian Girl, Mohawk Girl; author Natasha Lowe, whose latest novel, Lucy Castor Finds Her Sparkle, has just been released; and Patricia Harris and David Lyon, the authors of Historic New England: A Tour of the Region's Top 100 National Landmarks.

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Archaeology and Historic Preservation: The Dirt on Deerfield
Mar
14
to Mar 28

Archaeology and Historic Preservation: The Dirt on Deerfield

Museum Course

Have you ever wanted to know more about archaeology and its role in historic preservation?  How do museums and property owners take care of their archaeological heritage?  If you own a historic house and find artifacts, what should you do? Explore the answers to these questions, and many more, in this year’s museum course on archaeology.

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Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery
Dec
30
to Apr 8

Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery

Open Weekends

The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery showcases Historic Deerfield's important collection of fashion, needlework, and domestic textiles. The core of the collection was assembled through the efforts of one of the museum's founders, Helen Geier Flynt (1895-1986). Considered one of the finest collections in America, the collection contains items dating from the late 17th century through the mid-20th century.

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