Events Calendar

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.

The Indian House Children’s Museum is now closed for the 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.

 

FEBRUARY & MARCH, 2017
Off-site Family Learning Exhibit
Saturday, February 18–Sunday, March 26, 2017
Tuesday–Sunday, 12-4 pm

Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitors’ Center
Reading the Rocky Book of the Past—
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley
The Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center is hosting a natural history exhibit, designed for family learning by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association. The exhibit includes two simulated 19th century cabinets (precursors to today’s museums), a “make your own collection” takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and other engaging “touch-its.” Many labels are in English and Spanish.

 

 

NEW EXHIBITIONS, Opening June 2017

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 forthcoming website Impressions From a Lost World.

“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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2016 NEW 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.

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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.

 

ONGOING DURING OPEN SEASON

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 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.
Click here
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New Website! The Arts and Crafts Moment in Deerfield

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2016 SUMMER

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, 2016Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students. Tickets available at the door.  See schedule below.

 

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 Carol Hutter
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 Anderson Paes, Clarinet
Larry Picard, Piano.

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Larry Picard, Piano
“Stolen Goods,” works by Mozart, Albeniz and Brahms
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 The Pioneer Consort
Chris Devine
, Violin
Michael Nix
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Greg Snedeker
, Cello

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Duo Fusion
Sarah Swersey, Flute
Joe Belmont, Guitar
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The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Duo - Gregory Valtchev, Violin & Lora Tchekoratova, Piano - 2011August 14th
The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Duo
Gregory Valtchev
, Violin
Lora Tchekoratova, Piano

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Bella Voce
 Lisa Woods
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 Teri LaFleur, Soprano
 Jerry Noble, Piano

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Deerfield Duo - Mark Fraser, Cello & Anthony Berner, Violin - 2015August 28th
The Deerfield Duo
Mark Fraser, Cello
Anthony Berner, Violin

 

RECENT PAST EVENTS

4th of July concertFREE 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.
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2016 Juneteenth Concert
Old Deerfield’s Brick Church at 4:00, June 19, 2016; Admission is $10
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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.

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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.


Edward HitchcockJune 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

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Kitty Lowenthal 1704 2016 by Rae Jean ShafferCommemoration of the 1704 Raid on Deerfield – FREE
Saturday, February 27, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, February 28, 10 am  – 2 pm

Old Indian House Children’s Museum, Old Deerfield, MA

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).

 

SPECIAL EXHIBITS
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

 

Robert Strong Woodward, Mrs. Keach's Front Porch, 1933. Private Collection

Robert Strong Woodward, Mrs. Keach’s Front Porch, 1933. Private Collection

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.
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MEMORIAL HALL MUSEUM IS ONCE AGAIN A BLUE STAR MUSEUM

PrintWe’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.

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.“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.

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Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Free admission to Memorial Hall Museum and Indian House Children’s Museum

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2015 SUMMER

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, 2015Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students.  Tickets available at the door.  See the schedule below.
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Beth Welty, Violin
Carol Hutter, Viola & Violin
Jennifer Allen, Cello

 

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Akal Dev Sharonne, Flute
Dana Muller, Piano

 

 

Deerfield Duo - Mark Fraser, Cello & Anthony Berner, Violin - 2015

August 2
The Deerfield Duo
Mark Fraser, Cello
Anthony Berner, Violin

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Duo Fusion
Sarah Swersey, Flute
Joe Belmont, Guitar

 

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 Bella Voce
 Lisa Woods, Mezzo-Soprano
 Teri LaFleur, Soprano
 Jerry Noble, Piano
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August 23     
The Valtchev-Tchekoratova Duo
Gregory Valtchev, Violin

Lora Tchekoratova, Piano

 

 

Greg Snedeker and Michael Nix of the Pioneer ConsortAugust 30  – CANCELLED   
Michael Nix, Banjar
& Greg Snedeker, Cello
of The Pioneer Consort

 

 

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JULY 4th EVENT!

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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.