Save the Date – Sunday, March 3, 2024

FREE Lecture & Book Signing, James L. Swanson / Memorial Hall Museum Exhibit Preview

Lecture: “The Deerfield Massacre in Myth and Memory”
Hess Auditorium, Deerfield Academy, 2 pm (doors open at 1 pm)

1704 Exhibit Preview: Memorial Hall Museum,
11 am-1:30 pm and 3:30-4:30 pm


On Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 2 pm—close to the anniversary of the 1704 Raid on Deerfield in the early morning hours of February 29—PVMA is hosting a free lecture and book signing by renowned author and scholar, James L. Swanson, in Deerfield Academy’s Hess Auditorium. Doors open and books are available for sale at 1 pm. Get a sneak preview of new elements in Memorial Hall Museum’s 1704 exhibit from 11 am-1:30 pm before the lecture, or from 3:30-4:30 pm that same day. The redesigned sections of the 1704 Memorial Gallery include new interpretation of the Sheldon House Door, feature diverse perspectives on the meaning of the door, and highlight rarely seen objects from the PVMA collection.

“A wonderful read! James Swanson’s eloquent and gripping account of Deerfield’s bloody past transports readers across space and time, while critically assessing the town’s multiple efforts to grapple with its history. He explores the persistence of colonial memories, and welcomes the inclusion of often-ignored Native American voices and perspectives. From a midnight vigil in a haunting colonial graveyard, a visit to the tomahawk-splintered Indian House door, or a stroll along an icy moonlit river on a cold February night, Swanson evokes disparate and unexpectedly poetic connections. He invites readers to walk with him into, through, and beyond this complicated past.” —Margaret M. Bruchac, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania and author of Savage Kin: Indigenous Informants and American Anthropologists

Free Teacher Workshop
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Eastern European Immigration to the Connecticut River Valley

Ellis Isand Family group
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
1-3:30 pm (snow date 2/29/24)

The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning
33 South St., Chicopee, MA


Click here for more information and registration



Memorial Hall Museum is now closed for the winter season.
Please check back next spring to confirm 2024 open hours, typically 11 am to 4:30 pm on weekends in May and Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays) from June through October.

We look forward to welcoming you again next Spring. Learn more about the museum here.


PVMA Members: FREE Admission to New “Garden of Hearts” Exhibit at Historic Deerfield

PVMA collaborated with Historic Deerfield Inc., loaning several objects for their exhibition that celebrates the 20th century Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield. PVMA members will receive FREE admission to the Garden of Hearts exhibit at Historic Deerfield’s Flynt Center from Saturday, April 15, 2023- Sunday, February 4, 2024. Open 9:30am-4:30pm. Learn more here.

Founded in Deerfield, Massachusetts in 1870 as the first historical society in Western Massachusetts, today the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association is a vibrant regional organization, supporting the Memorial Hall Museum and Library, Deerfield Teachers’ Center, Indian House Children’s Museum, and Community Outreach projects. Click the links on the sidebar to the right for information about each aspect of PVMA.

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