About the Summer Fellowship Program


Historic Deerfield, Inc. invites college juniors and seniors to apply for its nine-week, tuition-free Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture. Located in the scenic Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Historic Deerfield is the perfect place to explore New England and regional history, material culture and museum studies.

Summer Fellows...

  • Live in the historic village

  • Explore history and material culture studies in hands-on classroom seminars, walking tours and room studies with Historic Deerfield staff and visiting lecturers

  • Learn to guide and interpret in Historic Deerfield's furnished museum houses

  • Conduct original research on New England history and material culture using museum and library collections

  • Go on behind-the-scenes visits to historic sites in New England and take a week-long road trip to museums in the mid-Atlantic and Virginia

  • Pay no tuition or program fees; students with summer work requirements are encouraged to apply for financial assistance.


"Deerfield follows us everywhere! The fellowship truly prepared me for my new journey into graduate school...I am so happy, honored, and pleased that I was a fellow!

--John Botello '13, Curatorial Exhibits and Collections Manager, The White House Historical Association


Historic Deerfield's Summer Fellowship Program is supported by:

Helen and Ritter Shumway Foundation
The Decorative Arts Trust Emerging Scholars Program