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!
By the time spring came, early New Englanders had just about used up their supply of stored and preserved food. Discover the meaning of “scraping the bottom of the barrel” and learn why people of the past eagerly awaited the first fresh foods of the season like asparagus, eggs, and milk.
Moms and grandmothers receive free admission to the museum on Mother’s Day.
Experience the sights, sounds, and aromas of hearth cooking while learning about colonial foods and diet. Learn about the use of herbs in cooking, which added flavor and freshness to seasonal dishes. Visit the Cooks’ Garden, dedicated to the memory of Margaret Quinn Orloske, and see what’s growing.
Dads and grandfathers receive free admission to the museum on Father’s Day
Saturdays in July. Drop-in anytime.
Program will also run on Sunday, July 3, and Monday, July 4.
Pickles and jam. Lemonade and switchel. During the hot summer, learn how people in early New England kept cool, and preserved summer produce. Our open hearth cooks will demonstrate how to make cooling beverages and foods like pickles and jam.
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.
Ancient rock formations in the Connecticut River Valley tell the story of billions of years of continental splitting and colliding. Explore the rich natural history of the 410-mile river stretching from New Hampshire’s Connecticut Lakes to Long Island Sound. Discover armored mud balls and see fossil specimens collected at the Natural History Museum of Amherst College — home to the largest collection of dinosaur tracks in the world — and examine the ecological diversity of the region at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
For more information and to register, visit www.roadscholar.org, keyword search 18828.
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 travelling 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. Overnight lodging and most meals are included at the award-winning Deerfield Inn in the center of the historic village. Learn more and register at www.deerfieldbiketour.com.