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Monday, July 15 2013

Ordinary to Extraordinary: Historic Deerfield Folk Art Studio

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

Folk art works are often useful things made by ordinary, untrained people - who happen to be gifted with imagination and skill. The choice addition of color, pattern, picture and design make something meaningful out of a routine bedcovering, a directional sign, or a child's toy.  Folk art of all kinds can be found throughout the village of Deerfield and the History Workshop will be transformed by folk art that we make with our visitors.

Try your hand at some different folk art media, and make a project to take home.  Adults and children can dress up in colonial-style costumes and take their own self-portrait in our parlor.  Visitors can learn how to make a theorem painting, printmaking, a scrimshaw picture, a checkerboard, and much more.

This family program runs daily through August 18th, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  You can drop in anytime and it's included with general admission*.

Historic Deerfield is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. *Please note new admission prices:  $14 for adults (18+), $5 for children (6-17), and free for children under 6, Deerfield residents, and members.  For more information visit or call 413-775-7214.

About Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield ( is a nationally recognized museum offering tours of period houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Now featuring exhibitions:

    *Tea Talk: Ritual and Refinement in Early New England Parlors on view March 2, 2013 - February 16, 2014.
    *Into the Woods: Crafting Early American Furniture, a long-term furniture exhibition.
    *Engraved Powder Horns from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution: The William H. Guthman Collection, permanent.
    *Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery, a permanent exhibition with changing elements.

Historic Deerfield also offers relaxed fine dining at Champney's Restaurant and Tavern at the Deerfield Inn, lodging in the Deerfield Inn (, and shopping at the Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore ( Please call (413) 775-7214 for museum information and program schedule.

Museums10 is a dynamic collaboration that heightens awareness of the distinctive offerings of the individual institutions while highlighting the cultural diversity and outstanding educational resource that they collectively represent. Museums10 is facilitated by Five Colleges, Inc., which provides major administrative support for the partnership.  Museums10 includes: the Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College; Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens; The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; Hampshire College Art Gallery; Historic Deerfield; Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; Yiddish Book Center; Smith College Museum of Art; and the University Museum of Contemporary Art, UMass Amherst.  For more information, visit

A portion of Historic Deerfield's operating funds is provided through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Historic Deerfield
80 Old Main Street, P.O. Box 321
Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342
T: 413-775-7127
F: 413-775-7220