Events Calendar

Memorial Hall Museum is now closed for the winter season. We open again in May, 2018. 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 100 if you would like to schedule a group tour.

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OLD DEERFIELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERTS

July 8th – August 26th
(schedule TBA)

 

The Indian House Children’s Museum is now closed for the winter season.
The first floor is open for hands-on activities. Learn more hereAdmission 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.

For directions to our Old Deerfield locations click here. See PAST EVENTS here.

 

2018 Events

UPCOMING OFF-SITE EVENT!
Saturday, February 17th, from 1-4 pm
Great Falls Discovery Center, Turners Falls, MA

Kick-off school vacation week with fun family learning! The Great Falls Discovery Center and Deerfield’s Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA) are hosting an opening event for a family learning exhibit in the Discovery Center’s Great Hall. “Reading the Rocky Book of the Past—Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley” focuses on the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and the local people, especially Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. PVMA designed the traveling exhibit for family learning, but with something of interest for everyone, whether part of a group or not. It features two simulated 19th-century cabinets (precursors to today’s museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and other “touch-its” and learning opportunities. Many labels are in English and Spanish.

The opening event on Saturday, February 17th, from 1-4 pm includes a variety of learning stations for all generations to enjoy: “meet” Orra White Hitchcock and try your hand at botanical drawing and painting; make an imitation fossil out of clay; see and learn about real fossils; make our own small collection of gems and shells; or relax with dinosaur books and puzzles and enjoy dino-themed refreshments.

The exhibit is in conjunction with the recent launch of PVMA’s educational website, “Impressions from a Lost World” (www.dinotracksdiscovery.org). Both the exhibit and website focus on the colorful history of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in the Connecticut River Valley in the 1800s. Sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and members and donors of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

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NEW 2017 EXHIBITIONS:
Astronomy, Geology, and Dino Tracks! Oh my!
Edward and Orra Hitchcock and Early Natural Sciences

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 newly launched website Impressions from a Lost World: www.dinotracksdiscovery.org.

“The Moody Foot Mark Quarry” in Edward Hitchcock’s Ichnology of Massachusetts, 1858

Edward Hitchcock, c. 1860

Orra Hitchcock, c. 1860

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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

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ONGOING DURING OPEN SEASON

music roomMUSIC ROOM   In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Hall Museum’s 1916 wing, the Music Room was renovated and reinstalled in 2016 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.

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Relics and CuriositiesRELICS 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.

 

JerryTOOLS, TRADES, AND TASKS:
All Work and No Play? 

Find more information here.

 

 

Exhibit, Publication and Website!
SKILLED HANDS AND HIGH IDEALS
: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield
Exhibit:

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.
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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.
Click here
for more details.

Website! The Arts and Crafts Moment in Deerfield

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RECENT PAST EVENTS

2017 SUMMER

2017 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 9th through August 27th, 2016Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Tickets available at the door.  See schedule below.

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July 9th
Ken Forfia,
Piano
Amy Gates,
Piano
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Bella Voce
Lisa Woods
, Mezzo-Soprano
Teri LaFleur, Soprano
Jerry Noble, Piano

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July 23rd
Piper Pichette,
Harp

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July 30th 
Michael Nix, Banjar
Eileen Ruby,
Mezzo Soprano

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August 6th
The Deerfield Duo
Mark Fraser,
Cello
Anthony Berner, Violin

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The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Duo - Gregory Valtchev, Violin & Lora Tchekoratova, Piano - 2011August 13th
The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Duo
Gregory Valtchev
, Violin
Lora Tchekoratova, Piano

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Carol Hutter 2 August 20th
Carol Hutter
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