The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) of Deerfield, Massachusetts is a non-profit, membership-based cultural and historical organization incorporated by an official act of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1870.
Below are a series of short paragraph summaries of PVMA. For a detailed overview of the organization download a pdf file. For an overview of PVMA’s many educational and cultural programs, download the following pdf file slide show. For a list of the PVMA officers and board click here.
Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association is a vibrant regional organization, maintaining Memorial Hall Museum, a research Library, Deerfield Teachers’ Center, Indian House Children’s Museum, and Community Outreach projects.
PVMA’s Old Deerfield Craft Fairs, “New England’s Most Beautiful Craft Fairs,” were established in 1976 to promote Old Deerfield’s Arts and Crafts tradition started in 1898, while raising much needed funds for PVMA’s programs. The Old Deerfield Craft Fairs continue to be a major source of financial support for PVMA.
Membership in the PVMA
Membership is open to all. Members are more than “friends” or donors of the organization, they are the ultimate governing authority. Members meet annual to vote on the officers and board of directors (known as “The Council”). Learn about Memberships and how to Join here.
We believe that understanding the past creates better citizens and a better world.
The mission of Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, reflecting the history of New England as well as that of the nation, is focused on preserving and communicating the multi-cultural history of the Connecticut and Deerfield River Valleys, with emphasis on “old Hampshire County,” and present day Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties.
The Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits cultural artifacts made and/or used in the region. These collections are maintained both for the enrichment of the general public and as research tools for scholars.
We are grateful to the nearly 1,000 individuals and businesses, and our institutuional funders, for their ongoing support. To learn more about how the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association fulfills its mission and serves its many constituencies, click the sidebar links to the right.