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Friday, September 26 2014

October Will be Busy Month at Historic Deerfield

Adapted from Historic Deerfield press releases:

Fall kicks into full swing at Historic Deerfield during the month of October and features a robust calendar of programming including the annual ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show, a lecture about heirloom apples, and graveyard tours.

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

Focus Fridays Series
October 3, 10, 17, 24, at 11AM

The Focus Friday Series will pair inquisitive visitors with experienced guides to discuss an individual object in the Historic Deerfield collection. If you are a curious person who would enjoy conversation and guidance looking at an object with focus, join us on October 3rd to study a New England "Crazy Quilt", on October 10th a two-handled silver cup, October 17th a Chinese export porcelain tea set, and October 24th a Demi-Lune commode.

Hands-on Learning "The Seed of Seeds: The Story of Corn and its Many Uses"
Saturdays & Sundays throughout October, 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 "Foods of the Harvest"
October 3-4, 10-13, 17-18, 24-25, 31, from 10AM to 4PM, in the Hall Tavern Kitchen

Late summer and autumn were busy times in early American kitchens because the abundance of fresh produce needed to be processed and preserved for the winter.  Our cooks will be making delicious dishes featuring apples, pumpkins, and corn.

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, October 4---Coopering w/Neil Muckenhoupt
Sunday, October 5---Stoneware Pottery w/Mark Shapiro & Silversmithing w/Steve Smithers
Saturday, October 11---18th Century Cabinetmaking w/Craig Farrow
Sunday, October 12---Gunsmithing w/Leonard Day & Tailoring w/Henry Cooke
Saturday, October 18---Gravestone Carving w/Karin Sprague & Redware Pottery w/Rick Hamelin
Sunday, October 19---Dressmaking w/Linda Oakley & Shoemaking w/Peter Oakley
Saturday, October 25---Architectural Woodworking w/Ted Ingraham
Sunday, October 26---Birch Bark Baskets with Jennifer Lee

Guided Tours of the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road
October 8, 15, 22, at Noon

Learn about the people and families laid to rest in this graveyard.

2014 ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show
October 11 & 12, from 11AM to 6PM (5PM 10/12), at the Deerfield Academy Hockey Rink
$15 general admission, free for Historic Deerfield members; also, from 1PM to 5PM on Sunday only, free admission for visitors age 35 and under (proof of age required)

On Columbus Day Weekend,  the Antiques Dealers' Association of America, Inc., will once again bring together some of the nation's finest dealers for their annual art and antiques show featuring the best of 18th- and 19th-century American art, antiques and design.  Surrounded by the historic houses and quintessential New England village setting of Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, Massachusetts, the ADA/Historic Deerfield Show provides customers with a fun and informative immersion experience in antiquing and early design. The show is considered by both serious and casual collectors to be one of the year's most important. On view and for sale will be remarkable objects from the 17th through the 19th centuries that will improve the quality of any collection and the look of any home.  For more information, visit

Booksigning & Talk with Russell Powell "In Search of Heirloom Apples"
October 11, at 2PM, in the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern

Meet Russell Powell, author of Apples of New England, which features color photographs and descriptions of more than 200 apple varieties grown, sold, or discovered in New England, plus a history of apple growing in the region spanning nearly four centuries, including a chapter about the contemporary orchard. Powell will be signing copies of his book and will give a special talk on heirloom apples.  For more information, please contact Claire C. Carlson, Education Program Coordinator at Historic Deerfield, (413) 775-7217 or

Archaeology Day in Deerfield
October 18, from 10AM to 12:30PM

Enjoy an Archaeological Tour of Deerfield Village with Dr. Robert Paynter, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, and a guided tour of the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road with Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator at Historic Deerfield.  Visitors can also see gravestone carving and redware pottery making in the museum for additional fee.

Smith-Deerfield Symposium "The Poetical Works of Edward Taylor"
October 25, 10AM to 4PM, in the Browsing Room of the Neilson Library at Smith College in Northampton.

This event is sponsored by Historic Deerfield and the Smith College Department of English, Program in American Studies.  See for complete listing of speakers and topics.


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