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Wednesday, October 02 2013

October 5 is Free Teacher Day at Historic Deerfield

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

Because a visit to Historic Deerfield can help teacher curriculum planning, Historic Deerfield invites all pre-K through grade 12 teachers to visit the museum on Saturday, October 5, 2013, from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teachers can meet members of our education staff, to find out more about social studies resources at Historic Deerfield, and use their complimentary general admission ticket to enjoy a lovely fall day at the museum.

Historic Deerfield is located in an historic site, interprets a number of historic buildings, and has an extensive collection of objects made or used in early New England. It is the perfect place to learn more about everyday life in the past, the history of our local area, or the major historical events that shaped the 18th and 19th centuries.

"When we explore history as part of social studies, we are drawing connections between what came before us as a way of understanding our lives today," said Amanda Rivera Lopez, Director of Museum Education and Interpretation.  "Historic Deerfield has its authentic site, multiple original buildings, the stories of real people, and a wonderful collection of early material as a backdrop for that exploration."

General Admission entitles teachers to sample all of the museum, which includes: six furnished museum houses each interpreting a different story; The Flynt Center of Early New England Life, which displays a range of our collections in modern galleries; the Apprentices' Workshop, where visitors learn about, and try, the processes of woodworking, weaving, and pottery; and the Silver and Metalware Collection that includes silver pieces made by Paul Revere.  Saturday, October 5th, also features historic trades demonstrations by Tinsmith Bill McMillen and Blacksmith Rick Martin. Also featured on this day is From Nature to Color: Fun with Natural Dyes from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the History Workshop building.

In addition, teachers who sign up on the day of the event will be able to sample some of our field trip offerings such as Open Hearth Cooking, a visit to the one-room schoolhouse, and a textile activity where people learn to card wool and weave on a loom. Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator, will be on hand with teaching materials to share, and teaching objects and kits to show. For an overview of programs that are available, visit

"Our field trip programs are designed to expose schoolchildren to the wonders of the past through minds-on, hands-on learning," said Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator. "When a child handles one of our teaching objects made by someone in the past, it helps them to make a connection to that person long ago. It makes the past more meaningful to be able to help cook a dish like people did in 1780, on the open hearth, or weave a piece of fabric on a real floor loom."

Teacher attendees will also receive a 10% discount at the Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore.

Casual lunch is available for purchase at the Deerfield Lunch Box which is a food truck located outside of Hall Tavern Visitor Center.  Sit-down lunch is available at Champney's Restaurant and Tavern at the Deerfield Inn.

Please join us! For more information, please contact Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator, at 413-775-7217 or

About Historic Deerfield

Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside.

Historic Deerfield is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   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.

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