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Astronomy, Geology, and Dino Tracks! Oh my!
Edward and Orra Hitchcock and Early Natural Sciences

Edward and Orra Working together c. 1835, painted by Monica Vachula

Edward’s significant work on Connecticut Valley fossil footprints and Orra’s scientific illustrations rocked the world in the 19th century. This exhibition introduces the Hitchcocks’ many contributions to astronomy, botany, geology, and ichnology in the very place they started a lifetime of work together.

Produced in conjunction with PVMA’s new website:.
“Impressions from a Lost World” ­



Rhonda Besaw by Gerry Biron, 2016

A Native American Perspective

Exquisite portraits of contemporary and historic Native bead artists by Gerry Biron, artist and organizer of the Made of Thunder, Made of Glass exhibits, accompany beadwork by Wabanaki/Canadian Metis artisan Rhonda Besaw and Oneida artisan Karen Ann Hoffman in the renovated Native Room.


Petroglyphs by Rhonda Besaw, 2009

To the Stars by Karen Ann Hoffman, 2015












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 or click here for directions.

Memorial Hall Museum is now open for the 2017 season! Open weekends only in May; Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) June through October. Hours: 11 am–4:30 pm. Follow our Facebook pages for musings, exhibit preparations, “Website Wednesdays,” and the latest updates.

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. Within the museum’s 19 rooms of art, history, and culture are several Special Exhibits.


music roomMUSIC 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 in DeerfieldCHILDREN 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.

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.

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