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May

1

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.

Coming to Historic Deerfield in May, 2024! Unnamed Figures: Black Presence and Absence in the Early American North will be on view at Historic Deerfield’s Flynt Center from May 1 to August 4, 2024.

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.

May

1

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 The exhibition highlights both published and unpublished material from the Alleys’ collection, showing how these objects reveal varied techniques and ornament as well as the characteristics of the environment in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.

May

4

TO Jun 30

Family Program – Swirls and Swags: Fun with Ceramic Designs

May 4, 2024 - 10:00 AM - June 30, 2024 - 4:30 PM

History Workshop (+ Google Map)

Play at the History Workshop and explore the work of Thomas Commeraw, a free Black potter of early New York whose ceramics are featured in the Unnamed Figures Exhibition at the Flynt Center. Come learn about his work and decorate a small clay pot inspired by his designs! This is a family program at the […]

May

11

TO May 25

Measure and Mix: Reading Old Recipes 

May 11, 2024 - 9:30 AM - May 25, 2024 - 4:00 PM

Hall Tavern (+ Google Map)

May 11 and 25 in the Hall Tavern Kitchen from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Old cookbooks vary in the kind of information and instruction given to create a satisfying dish. How much is a “teacup of flour,” or “butter the size of a walnut?’  What is “a considerable amount of water?” Come and visit […]

May

12

TO Jun 9

New Program! Natural History Walk Around Old Deerfield

May 12, 2024 - 10:00 AM - June 9, 2024 - 11:30 AM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

May 12 and June 9 at 10 a.m. Take a guided walk around Old Deerfield! Come for a fun morning of looking and discovering. See what’s in bloom in the Cooks’ Garden. Are there any wildflowers popping up around town? Observe the busy chipmunks and squirrels dashing around and see if you can find any […]

May

25

Redware Pottery with Rick Hamelin

May 25, 2024 - 9:30 AM - May 25, 2024 - 4:30 PM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

Join Rick Hamelin in a Historic Trade Demonstration of Redware Pottery on May 25th. Included with Museum Admission.

Jun

1

Silversmithing with Steve Smithers

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

Join Steve Smithers for a Historic Trade Demonstration of Silversmithing on June 1.

Jun

1

TO Jun 29

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration: In Season Now

June 1, 2024 - 9:30 AM - June 29, 2024 - 4:00 PM

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at Hall Tavern The month of June begins with the end of asparagus season and the promise of sweet strawberries. By the end of the month, the herb garden will be bursting with color, fresh herbs, and edible flowers to flavor favorite recipes. The dishes this […]

Jun

8

Dressmaking with Linda Oakley and Shoemaking with Peter Oakley

June 8, 2024 - 9:30 AM - June 8, 2024 - 4:30 PM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

Visit Historic Deerfield on June 8 for two Historic Trade Demonstrations: Dressmaking with Linda Oakley and Shoemaking with Peter Oakley.

Jun

15

Gunsmithing with Richard Colton

June 15, 2024 - 9:30 AM - June 15, 2024 - 4:30 PM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

Historic Trade Demonstration: Gunsmithing with Richard Colton

Jun

20

Jubilee! A Juneteenth Concert of Early New England Music

June 20, 2024 - 7:00 PM - June 20, 2024 - 9:00 PM

Deerfield Community Center (+ Google Map)

Jubilee! A Juneteenth Concert of Early New England Music June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Deerfield Community Center An all-star ensemble of early American music performers present a concert featuring lively Abolitionist psalmody, spirituals, dance tunes, and chamber music from the repertoire of regional African American composers and band leaders. This includes Greenfield’s own […]

Jun

22

Bobbin Lace with Lynne White and Ceramics with Buster White

June 22, 2024 - 9:30 AM - June 22, 2024 - 4:30 PM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

June 22 Historic Trade Demonstration: Bobbin Lace with Lynne White and Ceramics with Buster White.

Jun

22

Family Fun Day! Fun with Flowers

June 22, 2024 - 11:00 AM - June 22, 2024 - 3:00 PM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

June 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Celebrate summer and see what’s in season as you explore Historic Deerfield’s gardens and grounds. In the month of June, our Hearth Cooking theme “In Season Now” emphasizes fresh herbs and edible flowers. The gardens will be filled with flowering plants that are edible, flavorful, useful, and beautiful. […]

Jun

28

TO Jun 29

Dublin Seminar 2024 – Into the Woods: New England Forests in Fact and Imagination

June 28, 2024 - 8:00 AM - June 29, 2024 - 5:00 PM

Historic Deerfield (+ Google Map)

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife (founded in 1976) is pleased to announce the subject of its 2024 gathering,  Into the Woods: New England Forests in Fact and Imagination, to be held at Historic Deerfield June 28-29, 2024.

Jun

29

Woodworking with Sharon Mehrman

June 29, 2024 - 9:30 AM - June 29, 2024 - 4:30 PM

June 29: Join Sharon Mehrman for a Historic Trade Demonstration on Woodworking.