Inspired Design: Asian Decorative Arts and Their Adaptations
Mar
2
to Feb 9

Inspired Design: Asian Decorative Arts and Their Adaptations

This new exhibition highlights 18th- and 19th-century Asian decorative arts and their imitations, drawn from the museum’s rich collection. The exhibition explores how Western craftsmen adapted Asian decorative arts into a design vocabulary more familiar to them and their customers, and highlights New Englanders’ own quest for these imported goods.

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Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery
Apr
13
to Dec 1

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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Extreme Fashion: Early and Late 19th-Century Women's Dress at Historic Deerfield
Sep
3
to Oct 31

Extreme Fashion: Early and Late 19th-Century Women's Dress at Historic Deerfield

Special exhibition on display in the Stebbins and Frary Houses

This fall, Historic Deerfield will exhibit eye-catching 19th-century women’s fashion from its collection in two museum houses. Seen against period architecture and decorative arts, Extreme Fashion explores themes of gender, aesthetics, technology, and culture in 19th-century America.

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Wined & Dined: Setting the New England Table
Oct
4
to Oct 6

Wined & Dined: Setting the New England Table

Historic Deerfield’s forum explores the decorative arts and material culture of dining in England and early America, with a special focus on New England. The program features an impressive group of lecturers and workshop presenters who will share new insights and information on English and American dining habits and foodways, history and trade of wines, table arrangements, etiquette and deportment, New England kitchens and stoves, equipment for dining, and the availability of printed cookbooks and servants’ manuals.

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Fun with Broken Dishes: Massachusetts Archaeology Month Family Program
Oct
26
12:00 PM12:00

Fun with Broken Dishes: Massachusetts Archaeology Month Family Program

Come to the History Workshop today and have fun puzzling pieces of broken pottery back together. Work together to put cups, plates, mugs and bowls back together with tape. Learn how archaeologists use this process in the lab to learn more about the time period and the people they are studying. Archaeologists call this “mending” – we call it fun!

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Short Story Writing!
Nov
2
to Nov 24

Short Story Writing!

New Youth Program - Weekends

Compose your next literary masterpiece at Historic Deerfield with this facilitated writing exercise. Our staff will help children ages 10 and up learn the elements of fiction, and then write a story: will they rewrite a famous work of literature? Will they create their own story set in atmospheric Old Deerfield? Let your imagination flourish in our unique setting.

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Written by Hand: The Art and Fun of Writing with a Quill Pen
Nov
2
to Nov 24

Written by Hand: The Art and Fun of Writing with a Quill Pen

Weekends

Come to the History Workshop and learn to write with a quill pen.  Practice cursive or printing with a goose quill, write on special “aged” paper using our own ink and take home your writing sample!  Learn about the ingredients of ink, how quill pens were made and sharpened and read some quill pen writing from Historic Deerfield’s Manuscript Collection.

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The River, Drifting Continents, Dinosaurs, and a Glacial Lake: Understanding the Amazing Stories Preserved in our Rocks and Landscape
Jul
15
to Jul 19

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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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs
Jun
29
9:30 AM09:30

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs

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 to add flavor and freshness to seasonal dishes. Visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske and see what’s growing.

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs
Jun
22
9:30 AM09:30

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs

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 to add flavor and freshness to seasonal dishes. Visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske and see what’s growing.

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs
Jun
15
9:30 AM09:30

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs

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 to add flavor and freshness to seasonal dishes. Visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske and see what’s growing.

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs
Jun
8
9:30 AM09:30

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs

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 to add flavor and freshness to seasonal dishes. Visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske and see what’s growing.

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs
Jun
1
9:30 AM09:30

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking with Herbs

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 to add flavor and freshness to seasonal dishes. Visit the Cooks’ Garden dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske and see what’s growing.

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Stenciling Art
May
25
to May 26

Stenciling Art

Stenciling is an early form of interior decorating that is still popular today.  Come to the History Workshop to learn about this wonderful art form and find out about the early New England itinerant artists who traveled from home to home decorating walls.  Join us for some wall stenciling and make a beautiful stenciled artwork to take with you.  Fun for all ages.

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Old Roots and New Shoots - The Challenges of Cooking in Springtime
May
25
9:30 AM09:30

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Old Roots and New Shoots - The Challenges of Cooking in Springtime

By the time spring came, early New Englanders had just about used up their supply of stored and preserved food. Discover the meaning of “scraping the bottom of the barrel” and learn why people of the past eagerly awaited the first fresh foods of the season like asparagus, eggs, and milk.

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Stenciling Art
May
18
to May 19

Stenciling Art

Stenciling is an early form of interior decorating that is still popular today.  Come to the History Workshop to learn about this wonderful art form and find out about the early New England itinerant artists who traveled from home to home decorating walls.  Join us for some wall stenciling and make a beautiful stenciled artwork to take with you.  Fun for all ages.

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Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Old Roots and New Shoots - The Challenges of Cooking in Springtime
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Old Roots and New Shoots - The Challenges of Cooking in Springtime

By the time spring came, early New Englanders had just about used up their supply of stored and preserved food. Discover the meaning of “scraping the bottom of the barrel” and learn why people of the past eagerly awaited the first fresh foods of the season like asparagus, eggs, and milk.

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Stenciling Art
May
11
to May 12

Stenciling Art

Stenciling is an early form of interior decorating that is still popular today.  Come to the History Workshop to learn about this wonderful art form and find out about the early New England itinerant artists who traveled from home to home decorating walls.  Join us for some wall stenciling and make a beautiful stenciled artwork to take with you.  Fun for all ages.

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