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Wednesday, October 29 2014

Explore and Learn at Historic Deerfield in November

Adapted from Historic Deerfield press releases:

In addition to their regular programs, historic deerfield will be helping the community by offering a free workshop on preserving small collections, on November 8th, and providing an alternative to Black Friday shopping.  They have also brought back the King Arthur Flour Recipe Contest!

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

Hands-on Learning "Girl Scout Badge Days: Pottery Badge for Brownies"
November 1, 8, 22, from 10AM to 12PM
This program requires an additional fee.

See for more info or contact Faith Deering at (413) 775-7116 or

Hands-on Learning "The Seed of Seeds: The Story of Corn and its Many Uses"
Saturdays & Sundays through November 23, from 12PM to 4:30PM (drop in anytime), in the History Workshop

Often called the "seed of seeds," corn, or maize as it is properly called, is an ancient crop that was a staple of life in the Americas, both as a food source and as a fiber, useful for many purposes. Learn about the history of corn in Native America, and how European colonists incorporated the use of corn into their lives. Find out what makes corn pop, try your hand at grinding it, and make your own cornhusk figure to take home.

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration "Pies"
November 1, 8, 15, from 10AM to 4PM, in the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern Kitchen

As the fall settles in and the days get shorter, our cooks will be busy in the kitchen making pies. Pies were a common dish served as part of the meal. They were savory or sweet, and sometimes both, with surprising flavor combinations. Come and learn about pie!

Historic Trades Demonstrations
Weekends, from 10:30AM to 4PM

Visitors will be able to meet talented craftspeople and observe their work up close on the following schedule:
Saturday, November 1---Tinsmithing w/Bill McMillen & Early 19th c. Medical Practice w/Jack Richman
Friday, November 28---Paper Marbling w/Regina & Dan St. John & Redware Pottery w/Stephen Earp

Caring for Your Treasures: Preservation of Collections in Small Museums
November 8, from 9AM to 12:30PM, at the Deerfield Community Center (16 Memorial Street, Old Deerfield)

This free workshop, presented jointly with Pioneer Valley History Network (PVHN) and funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), will focus on the topic of preserving and storing collections in small museums and historical societies with limited budgets. The first session will discuss the agents of damage and deterioration such as light, pollutants, insects, and temperature/humidity, as well as actions that can be taken to prevent damage. The second portion of the program will provide guidance on housekeeping in historic houses, proper object handling methods, and storage solutions. There will also be information presented on funding sources available for collections care and conservation.

The workshop is open to anyone but registration is required and can be done by mail, fax, telephone, or online.  A pre-ordered, optional, bag lunch after the workshop is available for $10.  For more information and to register, contact Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179 or e-mail

Decorative Arts Forum "Borrowing from Antiquity to Design a New Republic: Neoclassicism in America"
November 14-16
Registration is $375, a $25 discount is available for Friends of Historic Deerfield

Pulitzer Prize-winning Brown University Professor of History Gordon S. Wood is among the impressive list of scholars who will bring perspective to the subject of Neoclassicism in America during this three-day .  Participants will explore the new design style developed in France and England in the mid-18th century and made popular in the newly-formed United States as the Federal style.

In addition to Professor Wood, the forum brings a wealth of knowledge about the period from top scholars in their fields. The program will begin on Friday evening with a presentation by Wendy A. Cooper, Curator Emerita of Furniture, Winterthur Museum, who will set the stage for our understanding of the Neoclassical style and its origins, and will also discuss the adaptation of antique forms and motifs by New England craftsmen and consumers.

Before the forum begins, 4 optional workshops (additional fee of $40 per workshop required) will be offered on Friday afternoon, November 14th, from 1PM to 4:30PM.

Registration for the forum includes all lectures and tours, admission to Historic Deerfield for the duration of the forum, two receptions, one lunch, and refreshments.

Visit to download a registration brochure or to register online. For more information, or to register, contact Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179 or e-mail

Heritage Recipe Baking Contest Deadline for Entries
November 21

This second annual event is again sponsored by King Arthur Flour's flagship store in Norwich, Vermont.  King Arthur Flour and Historic Deerfield are looking for the best family baked dessert recipe. Do you have a favorite cookie, cake, or pie that your grandmother passed down? Do you have a great story about making a special baked dessert for holidays? Send in your best family recipe, along with a story about why it's special, and you could be a winner!  Fifteen finalists will be chosen to bring their baked goods to be judged, in three different categories, at Historic Deerfield on Saturday, December 6th.  Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Baker's Catalogue/ and a Baker's Companion Cookbook.  For more information on contest categories, rules, information, and registration, visit

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration "Thanksgiving Dishes"
November 22, 28, & 29, from 10AM to 4PM, in the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern Kitchen

Come and see how our cooks prepare traditional Thanksgiving dishes using hearth cooking methods. Learn about the history of harvest celebrations and the evolution of the American Thanksgiving holiday.

Day of Giving
November 28

On this day, visitors can opt-out of Black Friday chaos and instead let Historic Deerfield be their destination for handmade, heartfelt, giving in preparation for the holiday season. Every visitor will have the opportunity to handcraft a special gift using simple or natural materials.   In addition, the museum will serve as a collection site for Community Action's Holiday Gift Program, providing gifts to children up to 18 years of age.  Friends and visitors of the museum may drop off a gift anytime during open hours at the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern on Old Main Street. Gifts should be unwrapped and can include toys, gift cards, and even helpful items like gift wrap and tape. This is one of the few gift programs that serves adolescents and teens in addition to younger children, so please help us provide for this age group too.

Special Event:  17th Century Life
November 29, 10AM to 4PM (drop in anytime), in the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern

Meet the Society of the 17th Century, a group of re-enactors who will bring our historic Hall Tavern building to life with an incredible array of period arts, crafts, and trades.  Also enjoy open hearth cooking demonstrations and make a handmade gift with the help of a museum educator.


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