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Wednesday, September 10 2014

It's Harvest Time at Historic Deerfield

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

As the summer winds down, thoughts of crisp, cool days and the bounty of the harvest are not far behind. The autumn season at Historic Deerfield will feature a robust calendar of programming and events that highlight the season and give visitors the opportunity to learn, engage, and experience how early New England residents of Deerfield spent their time during the autumn season, from demonstrations of early American trades to opportunities for hands-on learning.

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

Hands-on Learning "The Seed of Seeds: The Story of Corn and its Many Uses"
Weekends starting September 13th, 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.

Homeschool Harvest Day
September 24th, from 10AM to 4PM (drop in anytime), in the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern
(Pre-registration for this event is encouraged by September 17th.)

Homeschool families are invited to celebrate the fall harvest at Historic Deerfield. Help our hearth cooks prepare dishes, learn how cloth is made as you card wool and weave on a loom, visit the Sheldon House and the Wapping Schoolhouse, and enjoy a scavenger hunt.  Contact Claire Carlson, or (413) 775-7217 to register.

Free Teacher Day
September 27th, from 9:30AM to 4:30PM

All pre-K through grade 12 teachers with current ID are invited to visit the museum for free. Explore the museum and, from 1PM to 4PM, learn about classroom resources from our Director of Museum Education. Teachers will also save 10% at the Museum Gift Shop & Bookstore.

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration "Foods of the Harvest"
September 27th, 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 Demonstration "Blacksmithing with Rick Martin"
September 27th, from 10:30AM to 4PM

Visitors will meet talented craftspeople and observe their work up close each weekend this fall with our Historic Trade demonstrations. Working with a head of fiery coals, watch the blacksmith deftly transform hard, shapeless, metal into a graceful, functional, objects.


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