The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife

dubsemlogo-101x137.gifThe Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife is a continuing series of conferences, exhibitions, and publications whose purpose is to explore everyday life, work, and culture in New England’s past. Founded on the premise that traditional lore and material folk culture are rapidly disappearing in New England, the series focuses attention on emerging areas of folk studies, regional and local history, cultural geography, historical archaeology, and vernacular and antiquarian studies. Conferences are held in June or July of each year with concurrent exhibitions at participating museums and art galleries. Dublin Seminar conferences are sponsored by Historic Deerfield.

Topics are announced at the conference of the preceding year. Selected and edited transcripts of papers presented at Dublin Seminar conferences are published each year as the Annual Proceedings. Catalogues of exhibitions accompanying Dublin Seminar conferences are published separately. Named after the town of Dublin, New Hampshire, where the series started in 1976, the conference has met at Deerfield, Massachusetts, since 1989; Historic Deerfield began its sponsorship after 2008.

View a list of past Dublin Seminar topics.

2015 Topic Announcement and Call for Papers:

Schooldays in New England, 1650-1900 (PDF)

For registration information and a complete schedule, visit the event page.


Publications for Sale:
Seminar Proceedings, exhibition catalogues, and occasional publications generated by conferences held from 1976 through 2007 are available for purchase through Historic Deerfield's Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore.  View available publications.

For more information:
Peter Benes, Director
The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife
Historic Deerfield, P.O. Box 321, Deerfield, MA  01342
Phone: 978-369-7382