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Wednesday, February 24 2016

Explore Historic Deerfield in March

Adapted from a Historic Deerfield press release:

Learn about art, furniture, history, and even cooking when you take advantage of classes and activities at historic deerfield next month.  Also, don't miss the third installment of Historic Deerfield's free Winter Lecture Series, In Harm's Way: Conflict and Captivity Before the French and Indian War, on March 20th.

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

Flynt Center of Early New England Life Exhibition: "Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts"
Previews begin February 27th, exhibition officially opens May 13th

This exhibit explores, through more than 20 objects, how nature inspired, impressed, and enlightened society long before the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species in 1859. Using 3 themes, the exhibition examines the subject of flora and how it inspired the decorative arts. "Botanizing" looks at the movement to classify, study, and teach though a selection of educational books and prints detailing floral anatomy and stages of life. "Art in Nature" delves into the museum's rich collection of decorative arts to see how plants and flowers have influenced designers and craftspeople in fields as diverse as textiles, ceramics, furniture, and architecture. Finally, "Bringing the Outdoors In" showcases ceramic and glass vessels which literally brought colorful and fragrant flowers and plants indoors for personal enjoyment and study.

Open Hearth Cooking Classes
March 5th, 12th, & 19th
There is an additional fee for this program and pre-registration is required.

From simple basics to cooking from recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries, the museum's open hearth cooking classes are a great way to learn about the history of cooking and the tricks that go into cooking on an open hearth.

Museum Course:  "Early American Furniture: More than Meets the Eye"
March 16th, 23rd, & 30th, from 7PM to 9PM
There is an additional fee for this program and pre-registration is required.

Furniture is among the most common forms of decorative art but often its origins, types of decoration, and period use remain obscured. Early American furniture of the 17th through the 19th century is an exceptional area of inquiry because of its relationship to American history, its role in the history of collecting, and opportunities created by a soft market. The development of connoisseurship, awareness of scientific advancements and methodology relevant to furniture, and the appearance of primary source material are important components of its study. While sometimes described as "brown furniture", American furniture is more exciting and diverse than that name implies.

Winter Lecture Series: In Harm's Way: Conflict & Captivity Before the French and Indian War
March 20th, 2PM, at the Deerfield Community Center (16 Memorial Street) in Old Deerfield
This program is free and open to the public.

The 2016 lecture series commemorates the 312th anniversary of the 1704 raid on Deerfield by exploring conflicts, alliances, and contested territories in the Northeast throughout the later 17th and early 18th centuries.  This month, in part 3, Amherst College Associate Professor of English and American Studies Lisa Brooks will discuss "Colonization and Captivity in Native Space".

Save the Date for Spring Forum

This year's Historic Deerfield Spring Forum will focus on "Company's Coming: Artifacts and Rituals of Early New England Parlors".  It will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 8:30AM to 6PM, at the Deerfield Community Center located at 16 Memorial Street in Deerfield.

Schedule a Tour!

Historic Deerfield's museum houses are closed to the public during the winter months but pre-arranged tours-by-appointment, school tours, and group tours can be scheduled.  For more information, call (413) 775-7214 or e-mail

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 in the winter is $7 for adults; $5 for children ages 6 to 17; and free for children under 6, members, and Deerfield/South Deerfield residents.

The Flynt Center of Early New England Life is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.  The Henry N. Flynt Library is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9AM to Noon and from 1PM to 5PM.  The Museum Gift Shop & Bookstore is open every day, except Tuesday, from 10:30AM to 4:30PM.

For more information, please call (413) 775-7214 or visit