Memorial Hall Museum is now closed for the season. It will reopen in May 2017—weekends only in May; Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) June through October. In the meantime, follow our off-season activities and musings on the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Memorial Hall Museum, and Old Deerfield Craft Fair Facebook pages.
Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for youth and students 6-21. The museum is also open by appointment or for school groups; please call 413-774-7476 ext 10 if you would like to schedule a group tour.
The Indian House Children’s Museum is now closed for the season.
The first floor is open for hands-on activities. Learn more here. Admission is a choice on the Memorial Hall Single Building ticket. All others: $6 for adults; $3 for students (ages 13-18); children 12 and under are free. The door is kept locked, please ring bell for admission.
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2016 NEW EXHIBITS
MUSIC ROOM In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Hall Museum’s 1916 wing, the Music Room has been renovated and reinstalled with three centuries of musical instruments, furniture, and artwork. Franklin County’s first piano, Hadley chests, and portraits will be featured in this special exhibition.
CHILDREN OF DEERFIELD: PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANCES AND MARY ALLEN Celebrated as the “foremost women photographers in America” in 1901, Frances and Mary Allen’s 1885 to 1915 photographs provide a unique glimpse of childhood in rural New England. This exhibition features idyllic photographs of children on the farm, at play or in costume in old Deerfield.
RELICS AND CURIOSITIES IN MEMORIAL HALL Conch shells used for dinner horns? Wreaths made from human hair? Weapons made with shark’s teeth? Out-of-the-ordinary curios and keepsakes are featured in an exhibition with an emphasis on intriguing narratives and “otherness.” This exhibition features rarely seen relics and curiosities gathered and preserved in Memorial Hall since 1799.
ONGOING DURING OPEN SEASON
Tools, Trades and Tasks:
All Work and No Play?
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Exhibit, Publication and Website!
Skilled Hands and High Ideals: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield Exhibit Opened at Memorial Hall Museum in 2013
This new permanent exhibit features embroideries by the Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework 1896 to 1926; melawork, furniture, basketry, weaving, netting and tufted work, and photography by the Society of Deerfield Industries 1901 to 1921; and Deerfield Crafts 1921 to 1950—along with stories of the craftswomen and men who created them; period photographs by Frances and Mary Allen of crafters and their crafts; examples of craft processes; and internet access to PVMA’s new website.
New Publication! Poetry to the Earth: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Deerfield, written by Memorial Hall Museum Curator Suzanne Flynt, is now available at a 25% discount.
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New Website! The Arts and Crafts Moment in Deerfield
Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Beautiful chamber music performed in the lovely Victorian setting of Memorial Hall Museum’s Music Room—newly renovated and air-conditioned—at 3 p.m. on Sundays July 3rd through August 28th, 2016. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Tickets available at the door. See schedule below.
RECENT PAST EVENTS
FREE Independence Day Band Concert
Please join us for our annual 4th of July concert (Monday, July 4th, 2016) featuring the Westmoreland Town Band at 3:00 p.m. in the Deerfield Teachers’ Center at 10 Memorial Street, Deerfield, in our handicap accessible Multi-Purpose Room. We hope you’ll join us for this wonderful concert, which has been a tradition for more than a quarter century! There is seating available for over 100. FREE ADMISSION.
2016 Juneteenth Concert
Old Deerfield’s Brick Church at 4:00, June 19, 2016; Admission is $10
June 19th, 1865, known as Juneteenth, was the first African American celebration of the end of slavery. It is still celebrated every year. This program addresses the little known, but extensive presence of African Americans in New England’s history and their significant influence on the unfolding American Culture.
Performers, a storyteller, and musicians take their audience on a “journey back in time” in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts, 1700 through the 1920s. The stories reveal specific historical African American individuals, their day-to-day lives, the events they were involved in, and the music they thrived on as the time period unfolds.
From 1700s West African Homelands, to Colonial New England, to 1920s Jazz – The journey begins with memories of the ancestral West African homelands, where daily life included tribal music of Senega; and Gambia tied to the passing of seasons, as well as traditional Griot storytelling music. Moving through time, the program’s fourteen stories with songs and tunes include:
~Napthalo, a lover of sacred music, singing in the Sunderland Church during the revivals of the Great Awakening;
~Angeline finding refuge in Colrain after a harrowing rescue from Amherst;
~Put’s fiddlin’ in Greenfield’s Mansion House, and traveling with his band to county-wide gigs by horse-drawn carriage or sleigh;
~Pre-battle singing of Black soldiers in the tent camps of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment;
~Gospel singing in the first local African churches;
~Rent parties in Holyoke’s Black community during segregation and prohibition;
~Finding Gil Roberts – a custodian at the Lord Jeffrey’s Inn – on the back porch or furnace room in the late afternoons, playing amazing jazz on his banjo.
The performance is the culmination of a week-long workshop for local seasoned and amateur musicians of mixed ages, facilitated by professional musicians, who are collaborating with the project’s creator, conductor of research, and program director, Jacqueline Cooper, and PVMA. This program is funded in part by the Cultural Councils of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland, and Whately.
June 18, 2016, Eaglebrook School, Deerfield, MA
Glacial Lake Hitchcock and Its Primal Inhabitants: A Conference Dedicated to the Native American Culture, Legacy and Artifacts in the Connecticut River Valley
Learn more here. Download the registration form here.
See the full weekend schedule here!
“Rain or shine”—but the number of reenactors present may be fewer if the weather is bad (the Indian House will still be open with limited activities).
Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II: Continuing Traditions in Northeastern Indian Beadwork
May 30 – November 1, 2015
Intricate, colorful, and symbolic, beadwork is a traditional form of Native artistic expression. In this exhibition, over 250 extraordinary examples of contemporary and historical Native American beadwork made in the Northeast between 1800 and 2015 are accompanied by compelling portraits of the beadwork artisans by Gerry Biron. On view at Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA.
Robert Strong Woodward: Artist For All Seasons
September 5 – November 1, 2015
The realist paintings of Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957) are marked by strong lines, beguiling compositions, and pragmatic colors. Featuring landscapes and scenes of rural Buckland, Massachusetts, dating to the 1930s, this special exhibition celebrates New England regionalism. Organized by the Friends of Robert Strong Woodward, on view at Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield.
MEMORIAL HALL MUSEUM IS ONCE AGAIN A BLUE STAR MUSEUM
We’re pleased to announce that Memorial Hall Museum is participating for a second year as a Blue Star Museum, offering FREE ADMISSION to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families (up to 5 family members), including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day, May 25, through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. For more information on this program, please visit their website here.
.“New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885 – 1950”
Thursday, October 1, 7 pm
Lecture by William Hosley at Memorial Hall Museum, in conjunction with the recently-opened exhibition “Robert Strong Woodward: Artist for All Seasons.” Learn more here.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Free admission to Memorial Hall Museum and Indian House Children’s Museum
Old Deerfield Sunday Afternoon Concert Series
Beautiful chamber music performed in the lovely Victorian setting of Memorial Hall Museum’s Music Room at
3 p.m. on Sundays July 12th through August 30th, 2015. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Tickets available at the door. See the schedule below.
Ken Forfia, Piano
The Deerfield Duo
Mark Fraser, Cello
Anthony Berner, Violin
Sarah Swersey, Flute
Joe Belmont, Guitar
Lisa Woods, Mezzo-Soprano
Teri LaFleur, Soprano
Jerry Noble, Piano
JULY 4th EVENT!
Please join PVMA for our FREE 4th of July celebration from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., featuring Stone Soul, Inc., from Springfield (MA), and the Westmoreland (NH) Town Band. Stone Soul, Inc.’s, historical re-enactors emphasize the military contributions of the African Americans in America’s wars. Their 54th MA Colored Troops Regiment, Co. E, will set up a Civil War-era encampment on the front lawn of Memorial Hall Museum.
The schedule for the day includes:
• 10:00 – A brief discussion of the Civil War Sesquicentennial by members of Stone Soul, Inc., with a gun salute;
• 11:00 – Youth dance and drum troupe performances;
• 11:30 – A brief discussion about African American soldiers in the Civil War and the significance of faith to them, followed by a Gospel music concert;
• 1:00 – Black powder rifle demonstration, and a brief discussion about African American contributions to music, followed by a Rhythm & Blues concert;
• 3:00 – The Westmoreland (NH) Town Band concert will perform in the Deerfield Teachers’ Center.
Ongoing events throughout the day include the 54th MA Colored Troops encampment, and Memorial Hall Museum will be open with FREE ADMISSION from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. There will also be four different barbecue concession trucks selling food provided by Stone Soul, Inc.