Understanding the past creates better citizens and a better world.
The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association is a grass roots organization dependent on the support of its community. Your generous gift of any size makes a difference.
P.V.M.A., founded in 1870, began as a cultural pioneer and continues to create exciting cultural opportunities for our region. We offer extensive programming for all ages, a Children’s museum, lecture series, a research library, publications, theater, web-based digitized collection access, traveling exhibits and education programs for teachers, students and the public. Learn more about this vibrant organization and be a part of the cultural revolution that is taking place right now in Old Deerfield.
If you would like to make periodic payments to spread your donation out over the year please contact us at 413-774-7476 ext. 10. If you would like to make a payment for a PVMA service or program please click here.
Your donation will support these programs and more:
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Old Deerfield Children’s Museum & Family Program at the Indian House Memorial. Hands-on activities on themes including Native Americans, textiles, toys & games, gardens, and “women’s work.” Learn more here.
TEACHERS’ CENTER: Offering professional development programs & resources to support the teaching of American History using our award winning web sites: Turns of the Centuries , The Many Stories of 1704, Shays’ Rebellion, African Americans in Early Rural New England, and The Arts & Crafts Moment in Deerfield. Learn more about the Deerfield Teachers’ Center here.
LIBRARY: The collections of PVMA Library represent the life and thought of Deerfield and surrounding areas from the close of the 17th century to the 20th. Manuscript letters, diaries, and account books constitute a unique social, cultural, and economic record. The library’s books, many of which were owned locally, include titles on local history, travel, theology, literature, biography, agriculture, and domestic economy. Learn more about the library here.
PUBLISHING: Suzanne Flynt’s recent publication of Poetry to the Earth: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Deerfield joins The Allen Sisters: Pictorial Photographers 1885-1920 in telling part of Deerfield’s unique and exceptional story. For a complete selection of our titles go to the Publications page here.
EXHIBITIONS: Memorial Hall Museum regularly holds Special Exhibits such as the recent “Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II: Continuing Traditions in Northeastern Indian Beadwork” and continues to reinterpret and reinstall permanent exhibits like “Skilled Hands and High Ideals: The Arts & Crafts Movement in Deerfield.”
CRAFT FAIRS: The Old Deerfield Craft Fair, held on the lawn of Memorial Hall Museum, celebrated its 40th year in 2015—a great community event that supports our work (along with the Christmas and Spring Sampler held in West Springfield). Learn more here.
OLD TOWN HALL: The Acropolis Project is a Save America’s Treasures Project. This campus of buildings is being restored to be home for theater, music, children and teachers’ programs, and The Museum of American Democracy.