Feb
27
Mon
Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts @ Historical Deerfield
Feb 27 @ 9:30 am – Apr 2 @ 4:30 pm

Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts explores through more than 20 objects how nature has inspired, impressed, and enlightened society long before the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859. Using three themes, the exhibition explores the subject of flora and how it inspired the decorative arts.

“Botanical Studies” 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, “Domesticating the Outdoors” showcases ceramic and glass vessels which brought colorful and fragrant flowers and plants indoors for personal enjoyment and study.

Mar
26
Sun
Winter Lecture Series: Revolutionary Acts: Tea, Taxes and Tempests @ Historic Deerfield
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm

In 1763, Massachusetts Bay celebrated the birthday of King George III with banquets and toasts, parades and fireworks. Ten years later, Massachusetts teetered on the brink of open rebellion as colonists denounced the British Parliament’s new taxes on imported goods. Join us as we commemorate the 250thanniversary of the Townshend Acts in a winter lecture series exploring the politics of tea, consumer culture, and resistance on the eve of the American Revolution.

  • Sunday, January 22: “Colonial Opposition and the Road to Revolution, 1763-1775” Presented by William M. Fowler, Distinguished Professor of History, Northeastern University
  • Sunday, February 26:”‘Renounce the Baneful Herb:’ Colonial Boycotts and the Invention of Liberty Tea”
    Presented by Nancy Siegel, Professor of Art History, Towson University
  • Sunday, March 26: “‘Earthen Ware, made in Boston:’ Benjamin Leigh and John Allman’s Revolutionary Partnership”
    Presented by Angelika Kuettner, Associate Curator of Ceramics, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Apr
17
Mon
Spring Cleaning: Scrub, Rub, Polish and Shine (April Vacation Week) @ Historic Deerfield
Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 4:00 pm

Daily during April Vacation Week

After a long and snowy winter the History Workshop is ready to throw open its doors and launch into a real old fashioned spring cleaning.  Roll up your sleeves and join us to learn how to wash clothes using a wooden wash board and tub, and make some soap while you scrub.  The cast iron pots and the silver need polishing and the dusty rugs need a thorough cleaning with the rug beater. Whitewash a wall, sweep the floors with a homemade broom and use a feather duster. “Spring” into spring, with a cleaning fling!

Apr
22
Sat
Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster 2017 @ Historic Deerfield
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Travel back in time and rediscover the history behind the Patriot’s Day holiday and the “shot heard round the world.” Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, and a muster.  Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums, Knowlton’s Connecticut Rangers and Buckland’s Artillery play a lead role in the day’s activities.

Historic Deerfield guides and cooks will interpret open hearth cooking, chocolate’s role in the military, and powder horn carving in the 1786 Hall Tavern. Horse-drawn wagon rides will transport visitors through the village, and all historic houses will be available for touring. Visitors can make a flag to wave during the afternoon parade, and then take it home as a memento.  A “Liberty Quest” will be available for adventurous visitors who will receive a prize once they complete it.  The event will also have family-friendly food available.

Apr
29
Sat
Spring Cleaning: Scrub, Rub, Polish and Shine
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 25 @ 4:00 pm

Saturdays and Sundays

After a long and snowy winter the History Workshop is ready to throw open its doors and launch into a real old fashioned spring cleaning.  Roll up your sleeves and join us to learn how to wash clothes using a wooden wash board and tub, and make some soap while you scrub.  The cast iron pots and the silver need polishing and the dusty rugs need a thorough cleaning with the rug beater. Whitewash a wall, sweep the floors with a homemade broom and use a feather duster. “Spring” into spring, with a cleaning fling!

Jul
1
Sat
Get the Buzz on Bees! @ Historic Deerfield
Jul 1 @ 12:30 pm – Aug 27 @ 4:30 pm

Daily through August 27

Come to the History Workshop to learn the sweet story of honey bees. From pollination to producing wax and honey, bees have been important in Deerfield from colonial times right up to the present. Currently, there are many concerns about honey bees and we want to provide up-to-date information on honey bee decline and its possible causes.   Our bee related activities will be fun for everyone. Join us for wax candle making, honey tasting, creating a honey bee art project and planting pollinator friendly flower seeds.