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TO Aug 4

Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North

May 1, 2024 - 9:30 AM - August 4, 2024 - 4:30 PM

Flynt Center of Early New England Life (+ Google Map)

Image: Joseph Shoemaker Russell (American, 1795-1860). Dining Room of Abraham Russell, New Bedford, c. 1840s. Watercolor on paper, 6.5 x 9 in. (16.5 x 22.9 cm.) New Bedford Whaling Museum, Gift of Mrs. Edward K. Simpson, 1962.4.13. Image courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

As a corrective to histories that define slavery and anti-Black racism as a largely Southern issue, this exhibition offers a new window onto Black representation in a region that is often overlooked in narratives of early African American history.

Through 125 remarkable works including paintings, needlework, and photographs, this exhibition invites visitors to focus on figures who appear in—or are omitted from—early American images and will challenge conventional narratives that have minimized early Black histories in the North, revealing the complexities and contradictions of the region’s history between the late 1600s and early 1800s.



TO Nov 30

Vermont Furniture from the Alley Collection

May 1, 2024 - 9:30 AM - November 30, 2026 - 4:30 PM

Vermont Furniture from the Alley Collection features an impressive array of 18th and 19th-century Vermont furniture recently donated to Historic Deerfield by collectors William and Patricia Passmore Alley. The exhibition highlights both published and unpublished material from the Alleys’ collection, showing how these objects reveal varied techniques and ornament as well as the characteristics of the environment in which they were made. Many examples in the exhibit retain their vibrant, original surfaces and are organized according to their decoration: solid and highly figured native wood, painted wood, ornamental painting on metal and glass, and veneer and inlay.



TO Jul 18

Free Summer Lecture Series: Black Experiences of the Early American North

June 27, 2024 - 6:59 PM - July 18, 2024 - 8:00 PM

Image: Woman in Striped Dress and Man with Plaid Bowtie (C. 1885), Artist Unidentified, Burns Collection & Archive, BA_AA_TIN_12_13. Historic Deerfield’s 2024 Free Summer Lecture Series–building upon the exhibit  Unnamed Figures–will feature three scholars of the visual, textual, and material cultures that reveal the Black experience of the early American North. Join us in-person at the Deerfield Community Center or by Zoom.



TO Aug 31

Thrilling Threads: Exploring the Art of Embroidery at the History Workshop

July 3, 2024 - 12:00 PM - August 31, 2024 - 4:30 PM

Join us at the History Workshop this July and August Wednesdays-Sundays from 12:00-4:30 p.m. Needlework samplers show off lots of skill in design and can send a message, including in Mary Emiston’s sampler in the Unnamed Figures exhibition at the Flynt Center. What would you want to include if you were making a sampler? Visit […]



TO Aug 10

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: Cooking by the Book

July 6, 2024 - 9:30 AM - August 10, 2024 - 4:00 PM

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10

Cookbooks are a window into the changing tastes and trends in historic cookery. They are filled with recipes for dishes like flour pudding, loaf cake, alamode beef, forcemeat, and fricassee. Beverages like shrub and syllabub pique our curiosity.



CANCELLED – Michael Bramwell, Faith Futures: Commeraw and His World

July 11, 2024 - 7:00 PM - July 11, 2024 - 8:00 PM

Deerfield Community Center (+ Google Map)

Our July 11th lecture With Michael Bramwell has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Family Fun Day: Farm Animal Frolic

July 13, 2024 - 11:00 AM - July 13, 2024 - 3:00 PM

History Workshop (+ Google Map)

Come meet and greet the goats, ducks, and sheep from Little Brook Farm’s farm animal petting zoo. Choose an animal character to create a hand-made pop-up puppet. Play historical lawn games like graces and quoits and test your knowledge with a farm-themed “mystery object” matching game.



Lecture: Gretchen Gerzina, “A New Look at Lucy Terry and Abijah Prince”

July 18, 2024 - 7:00 PM - July 18, 2024 - 8:00 PM

Deerfield Community Center (+ Google Map)

Photo by  Michael Benabib 2024 FREE SUMMER LECTURE SERIES – Taking place in person and on Zoom The 2024 Summer Lecture Series–building upon the exhibit  Unnamed Figures–will feature three scholars of the visual, textual, and material cultures that reveal the Black experience of the early American North. Join us in-person or by Zoom. Attendance is […]



August Adventures

August 1, 2024 - 9:30 AM - August 1, 2024 - 4:30 PM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

Free admission for all! In partnership with the Highland Street Foundation, Historic Deerfield will offer no-cost admission to the museum on Thursday, August 1st! Visit the museum’s historic houses and Flynt Center, watch historic demonstrations, and participate in hands-on activities and crafts.



Special Living History Event: Ladies’ Association of Revolutionary America

September 7, 2024 - 10:00 AM - September 7, 2024 - 4:00 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

The Ladies’ Association is a researched-based 18th century living history group that encourages, supports, and promotes increased women’s voices and stories at historical sites and events. They will be portraying Deerfield in 1774, on the eve of the American Revolution.



Natural History Walking Tour

September 8, 2024 - 10:00 AM - September 8, 2024 - 11:30 AM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

September 8, October 13 · November 10 at 10 a.m. starting at Hall Tavern.
Join us on a guided Natural History Walk around Old Deerfield. Come every second Sunday through November for a fun morning of looking and discovering. How do the seasons change? How do the plants, animals, and environment respond? Watch summer give way to autumn and then winter with us.



TO Sep 14

Fall Forum: Coloring New England’s Past

September 13, 2024 - 8:00 AM - September 14, 2024 - 5:00 PM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

Interest in the history of color has been growing in recent decades, but few studies have examined color’s impact on specific cultural regions, such as New England. Despite the pervasive misconception of drabness, New England embraced color as a mode of defining cultural differences and status.

Through lectures, workshops, and tours, participants will experience the latest scholarship and scholars on color and gain a better understanding of the role of color in New England material life. 




A Special Family Dinner 

September 14, 2024 - 9:30 AM - September 14, 2024 - 4:00 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

September 14, 21, 28 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Hall Tavern Kitchen The Sheldon House has a food exhibit featuring dishes described in a 1797 letter. Our open-hearth cooks will be preparing several of the dishes on display. Come and read the letter and find out why Mr. Field was so angry when his sister […]



Special Walking Tours: Guided Tours of the Old Burying Ground

October 12, 2024 - 3:00 PM - October 12, 2024 - 4:00 PM

October 12, 19, 26 at 3:00 p.m. starting at Hall Tavern Meet your guide at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern and enjoy a walking tour past the Town Common and the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road. Included with Museum Admission.