Calendar of Events
Unless otherwise noted, all programs are included with general admission to the museum.
The exhibition celebrates both Chippendale’s legacy and the iconic style he helped promote through a number of English and American Rococo decorative art forms from Historic Deerfield’s rich collection.
This summer we will have tea time every day at the History Workshop! Learn about the rich global history of tea and join us in sampling black tea, green tea, and herbal tea. See our indoor Camellia sinensis tea plant, then visit our garden to pick mint and lemon balm, popular herbs for tea. Make a tea bag of black or herbal tea to take with you, practice proper tea etiquette, and choose some recipes for traditional foods eaten at tea time.
Thursdays in July! Free
What do broken pieces of pottery, a family heirloom, and an artifact in a museum exhibit have in common? Made, owned and handled across generations, centuries or even millennia, historical artifacts are time travelers, carrying information and histories that might otherwise be misunderstood or forgotten altogether. Join us on Thursday evenings in July for three insightful lectures exploring what artifacts can teach us as bridges between past and present.
Come and watch hearth cooks prepare a different “celebratory” food or beverage each Saturday in July. Come and learn how early New Englanders marked special events like weddings or holidays, even elections, with special food and drink. Note: fire will be lit weather permitting.
Join an open hearth cook in the Cooks’ Garden to learn about herbs and seasonal vegetables that were used for both food and flavor in the past.
The Connecticut River Valley is one of the best places to study geology in the world. It displays an amazing array of dramatic and even unique geologic events. The Valley’s geologic heritage also creates the environment for diverse human achievements. During this 5-day program, you will learn about the the amazing story found in the rocks.
Thursdays in July! Free
"Uncovering Hidden Histories through the Portrait of a Woman in Silk"
Zara Anishanslin, Assistant Professor of History, University of Delaware
Meet "Tea Trekker" Bob Heiss at the History Workshop. Bob will steep and sample several types of classic tea as would have been available to early residents of Deerfield. Drop in anytime, included with admission.
Learn about letterpress printing from printer Carl Darrow, who will demonstrate at the Wilson Print Shop on Saturday, July 21.
Historic Deerfield offers free admission thanks to the Highland Street Foundation!
Discover Historic Deerfield and the beautiful Connecticut River Valley from the seat of your bicycle this summer! Historic Deerfield and the Deerfield Inn are teaming up with River’s Edge Cycling to offer a week full of handlebar-view adventures traveling the scenic byways and quiet back roads to some of the valley’s vibrant and charming communities. In addition to great cycling, this tour is rich with opportunities to learn about the natural, historic and cultural distinctions that make this part of Massachusetts so special.
Join Historic Deerfield and an esteemed panel of speakers for an in-depth look at the broad meanings of conflict on clothing and textiles that defined culture in 18th-and early 19th-century British and French North America.
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