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.
The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife
Entertainments at Taverns and Long Rooms in New England, 1700–1900 is a one-day conference of nine lectures on the amusements, traveling exhibitions, and beverage-making traditions that characterized American taverns in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Historic Deerfield One-Day Decorative Arts Forum
The ledger of Lemuel Adams, the shop principal of the Hartford, Connecticut, cabinetmaking firm Kneeland & Adams (1792-1795), was discovered at the University of Miami in 2016. It features the shop’s financial accounts, biographical information, customer lists, shop output, and other new information – leading to new scholarship on the firm and its larger network of cabinetmaking firms in southern New England. This forum will share the ongoing research of the firm and its significance to the history of commercial craftsmanship in New England.
This day-long symposium will explore the art and material culture of New England travel from 1700-1950.
A one-day program exploring lesser known building types and construction techniques found throughout various parts of New England.
2018 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife
Religious Spaces: Our Vanishing Landmarks is a 1½-day conference of thirteen lectures on New England meetinghouses, churches, and other religious spaces of all denominations in the period 1722 through 1865.
Historic Deerfield One-Day Decorative Arts Forum in association with the Decorative Arts Trust
Enhance your knowledge and understanding of several types of English ceramics (delftwares, early Staffordshire earthenwares and stonewares, transfer-printed creamware and pearlware, and porcelains) and increase your awareness of potential deceptions and frauds in the market.
Have you ever wanted to know more about archaeology and its role in historic preservation? How do museums and property owners take care of their archaeological heritage? If you own a historic house and find artifacts, what should you do? Explore the answers to these questions, and many more, in this year’s museum course on archaeology.
A one-day symposium sponsored by the Grace Slack McNeil Program for Studies in American Art at Wellesley College and Historic Deerfield, Inc.
Join the Curatorial staff at Historic Deerfield for a look at current research in the study of early American furniture from the cabinet shop to parlor and chamber. The weekend in Deerfield, among our museum houses and extensive collections, will kindle a passion for learning about the unspoken meanings imbedded in early American craftsmanship.