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Tuesday, June 24 2014

Historic Deerfield Has a Lot to Offer in July

Adapted from two Historic Deerfield press releases:

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.

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

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration "Hot Weather, Cold Hearth"
July 5, 12, 19, & 26, from 10AM to 4PM, in the Hall Tavern Kitchen

Learn how people in early New England kept cool during the hot summer and how they preserved summer produce. Our open hearth cooks will demonstrate how to make cooling beverages including switchel and lemonade. 

Hands-on Learning "A Botanical Journey: Exploring Plants & People in the Past"
Daily July 5 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.

Lecture Series "To Explore the World with Beauty: The Arts & Crafts Movement in America"
July 10, 17, & 24, 7:30PM, at Garonzik Auditorium, Koch Science Center, Deerfield Academy

This year's summer lecture series will look at the Arts & Crafts movement and its impact on the decorative arts of North America.  These three lectures are free and open to the public on the following schedule.

Thursday, July 10: "Arts and Crafts in Chicago: A Bridge to the Future" with Judith Barter, Field McCormick Curator of American Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Thursday, July 17: "The Remarkable Madeline Wynne and Deerfield Arts and Crafts" with Suzanne Flynt, Curator of Memorial Hall Museum, Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, in Deerfield.
Thursday, July 24: A Lecture by Nonie Gadsen, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Early New England House Joinery Symposium
July 12, from 9AM to 5PM, at Garonzik Auditorium, Koch Science Center, Deerfield Academy

The day will explore the work of 18th-century joiners, including their workshops, tools, and the trade from framing to finish. Participants will also have an opportunity to see examples of early architectural fragments in Historic Deerfield's collection not usually on view. This first annual program focused on the building trades will feature presentations by James L. Garvin, J. Ritchie Garrison, Jack Sobon, Ted Ingraham, and Bill Flynt. For more information and to register, please visit

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.


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