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Tuesday, February 03 2015

News from Historic Deerfield

Adapted from Historic Deerfield press releases:

February is a busy month for this local treasure!  Deadlines to apply for a summer internship program and submit papers for this year's Dublin Seminar are coming up fast; the second installment of a free winter lecture series, "Textiles and Fashion in Early America", will be held on February 22nd; there are opportunities to learn open hearth cooking & textile art; and a special exhibition on neoclassicism will open on the 28th.

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

Open Hearth Cooking Classes
February 7, 14, 21, & 28
This program requires an additional fee & pre-registration is required.

 See for more information.

Internship Opportunity
Application Deadline: Monday, February 9

Undergraduates who are enrolled as either college juniors (class of 2016) or seniors (class of 2015) are eligible for seven openings in an intensive, nine-week, Summer Fellowship Program in History and Material Culture.   The program, which is designed for undergraduate students in American Studies, Architecture, Archeology, Art, Art History, Design, History, Preservation, & Museum Studies, is a unique residential living-and-learning opportunity.

Each Fellow receives a non-monetary fellowship, valued at $7,500, that covers tuition, room, board, and field trip expenses.  A limited number of monetary grants, ranging from $500 to $2000, are awarded to students with demonstrated need to help cover lost summer income.  The program runs June 8th through August 10th and applications are available online at  Notifications of acceptances will be announced in early March.

For more information, please contact Barbara A. Mathews, Public Historian & Director of Academic Programs, at (413) 775-7207 or

Call for Papers
Submission Deadline: February 15

The 2015 conference of The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, "Schooldays in New England: 1650-1900", will be held at Historic Deerfield June 19-21, 2015 and the application process for presenters is still open.  Proposals for papers and demonstrations on the culture of education in New England, and adjacent areas of New York and Canada, from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries, are due by February 15th.  Details can be found here.

Winter Lecture Series: Textiles and Fashion in Early America, Session 2
February 22, 2PM, at the Deerfield Community Center (16 Memorial Street, Old Deerfield)
This program is free and open to the public.

Pamela Parmal of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston will present the second lecture, "Boarding in Boston: Education, Embroidery, & Refinement in the Late Colonial Period", in this 3-part series.

Hands-on Learning "Girl Scout Badge Days: Textile Artist Badge"
February 28, from 9AM to 12PM
This program requires an additional fee.

For more information, please contact Faith Deering at (413) 775-7116 or

Special Exhibition "Greek Gods, Roman Ideals: Neoclassicism & Style in Early America"
February 28, 2015 through February 14, 2016 in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life Lobby

In the newly formed United States, close identification with the Roman republic helped popularize Neoclassicism, commonly known here as Federal style.  The appropriation of Classical Greek and Roman forms evoked learning, democratic values, moral virtue, and a sophisticated appreciation of beauty, each considered essential components in the development of a new nation.  Yet like their European counterparts, American builders, architects, and cabinetmakers were influenced by pattern books that emphasized clean geometric lines and more delicate detailing.  Neoclassical forms and decoration will be seen in objects in this exhibition ranging from Wedgwood urns to Pembroke tables to needlework and prints.

A Note About Historic Deerfield's Winter Hours

Historic Deerfield's winter hours went into effect on Monday, December 29, 2014. The Flynt Center of Early New England Life will be open Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:30AM to 4:30PM, through April 12, 2015. Visitors can enjoy current exhibitions and "The Museum's Attic" gallery.  The Henry N. Flynt Library will be open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 9AM to Noon and 1PM to 5PM.  The Museum Gift Shop & Bookstore is open every day except Tuesdays, from 10:30AM to 4:30PM.  The museum will resume full hours on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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.

Seasonal Winter Admission is $7 for adults (ages 18+) and $5 for youths (ages 6-17).  Admission is free for children under 6, members, and Deerfield/South Deerfield residents.  Historic Deerfield's museum houses are closed to the public during the winter months, however, pre-arranged tours-by-appointment, school tours, and group tours are able to be scheduled. For more information about tours, or to schedule one, please call (413) 775-7132 or e-mail  For more general information, please call (413) 775-7214 or visit