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Friday, July 25 2014

Free Fun Friday at Historic Deerfield in August

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity this summer to experience a variety of activities, from exploring the plants early New Englanders used in their everyday lives to appreciating arts & crafts, when Historic Deerfield participates in Free Fun Friday on August 15th.

Upcoming Programs and Events at Historic Deerfield
(Unless otherwise noted, all programs are included with general admission to the museum.)

Special Event:  Free Fun Friday

Admission to Historic Deerfield will be FREE to all visitors on August 15th, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation. Guests can visit Historic Deerfield's museum houses, see demonstrations from the Society of the 17th Century, and participate in hands-on activities.  Free Fun Fridays is the annual summer program that opens doors, at no cost, to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

Hands-on Learning "A Botanical Journey: Exploring Plants & People in the Past"
Daily through August 14, from 12PM to 4:30PM (drop in anytime), in the History Workshop

Early New Englanders relied on plants for food, medicine, and raw materials. This summer, explore Historic Deerfield by walking in the footsteps of past residents who cultivated, used, studied, and collected plants. At the History Workshop, participants will learn what an herbarium is, practice pressing plants to make a lovely botanical keepsake, see plants growing in the Cooks' Garden, and make an herbal sachet to take home. Visitors can also explore the museum using a printed botanical guide, seeking plant-related connections in historic houses, exhibitions, and grounds, collecting stickers along the way in order to receive a prize at the journey's end.

Exhibition "Deerfield: A Community of Craftwork in the Early 20th Century"
Daily, from 9:30AM to 4:30PM, in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life

In the early 20th century, the village of Deerfield supported a thriving arts and crafts community of metalsmiths, potters, furniture makers, photographers, embroiderers, and basket makers. Frequently inspired by objects from New England's past, these artisans combined older designs and techniques in new and creative ways to sell to a 20th-century audience. Several of the Deerfield artisans, who were predominantly women, achieved national recognition for their work. This exhibition features more than 25 objects from Historic Deerfield's collections and includes objects made by Madeline Yale Wynne, Cornelius Kelley, the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and the Pocumtuck Basket Makers.

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About Historic Deerfield, Inc.

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.

Admission is $14 for adults (18+) and $5 for children (6-17).  Admission is free for children under 6, members, and Deerfield residents.  The museum is open daily from 9:30AM to 4:30PM. For more information, please call (413) 775-7214 or visit historic-deerfield.org.

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