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 The exhibition highlights both published and unpublished material from the Alleys’ collection, showing how these objects reveal varied techniques and ornament as well as the characteristics of the environment in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

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

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 the music […]

Jun

22

Bobbin Lace with Lynne White and Ceramics with Buster White

June 22, 2024 - 10:00 AM - June 22, 2024 - 4:00 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

27

Emelie Gevalt, Unseen New England: Re-Envisioning Black Presence through Early American Art & Material Culture

June 27, 2024 - 7:00 PM - June 27, 2024 - 8:00 PM

Deerfield Community Center (+ Google Map)

2024 SUMMER LECTURE SERIES “Unseen New England: Re-Envisioning Black Presence through Early American Art & Material Culture”

Join us in-person or by Zoom for a lecture by Emelie Gevalt, Curator of Folk Art and Curatorial Chair for Collections, American Folk Art Museum.

Jun

27

TO Jul 18

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

June 27, 2024 - 7:00 PM - July 18, 2024 - 8:00 PM

Historic Deerfield’s 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 at the Deerfield Community Center or by Zoom. Attendance is free, but registration  is required. The Lectures June 27 at 7:00 […]

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 - 10:00 AM - June 29, 2024 - 4:00 PM

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

Jul

6

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.

Jul

11

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)

Photo: Boston MFA 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 free, […]

Jul

13

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.

Jul

18

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 […]

Aug

1

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.