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Wednesday, June 11 2014

Celebrate Dad & More at Historic Deerfield

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

All Dads and Grandfathers who visit Historic Deerfield this Father's Day, Sunday, June 15th, will receive free admission to the museum. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity this summer to experience a variety of early New England activities, from exploring the plants early New Englanders used in their everyday lives to learning the art of letter writing.

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

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration "Cooking with Herbs"
June 7, 14, 21, & 28, from 10AM to 4PM, in the Hall Tavern Kitchen

This spring, visit one of our open hearth cooking demonstrations to experience life in an early New England kitchen. In June, experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of hearth cooking with the use of herbs, adding freshness and flavor to seasonal dishes.

Hands-on Learning "The Lost Art of Letter Writing"
Weekends through June 29, from 12PM to 4:30PM (drop in anytime), in the History Workshop

How long has it been since you opened your mail box and found a letter, a real letter in a hand addressed envelope?  In this age of e-mail, texting, and quick mobile phone calls, the pleasure of receiving and sending a letter is becoming rare. In the past, letters were thoughtfully written, read, re-read, treasured, and often kept. Join us and write a letter to a special friend, a family member, someone nearby, or someone far away. Craft your letter on lovely paper and learn how to use a quill pen or an ink pen. Make your own envelope, address the letter, close it with sealing wax, and mail it in our Deerfield Post Office. Think how long that one letter might last!

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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