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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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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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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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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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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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