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Day of Giving

Opt out of Black Friday chaos and instead let Historic Deerfield be your destination for handmade, heartfelt giving in preparation for the holiday season. On the Day of Giving, every museum visitor will have the opportunity to handcraft a special gift using simple or natural materials. The Day of Giving also kicks off our support of the Community Action Family Center in Greenfield, Mass.

Guests can also get inspiration for their handmade gifts through historic trade demonstrations from Regina St. John, who will demonstrate Paper Marbling, and from Stephen Earp, who will demonstrate the making of Redware Pottery.  Historic trade demonstrations are included with admission to the museum.

About Community Action

Community Action is an anti-poverty agency serving families in Franklin County and beyond and operates a Family Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts.  This year, Historic Deerfield will support the Family Center by collecting donations of gifts for children up to 18 years of age to be distributed to families during the holidays. We are asking our friends and visitors to deliver gifts to our museum between Friday, November 23 and Sunday, December 9. You can drop off a gift at the museum anytime during open hours, 9:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Gifts should be unwrapped. Gifts can include toys, gift cards, and even helpful items like gift wrap and tape. The Family Center serves adolescents and teens in addition to younger children, so please help us provide gifts for this age group too.

On Sunday, December 9, Historic Deerfield will accept a gift donation in lieu of museum admission.