What’s New and Highlights

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 listed below.

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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2016 ONGOING EXHIBITS

Memorial Hall Museum is now closed for the season. It will reopen in May 2017—weekends only in May; Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) June through October. In the meantime, follow our off-season activities and musings on the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Memorial Hall Museum, and Old Deerfield Craft Fair facebook pages.
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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 
(opens June 3rd)
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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2014 ONGOING EXHIBIT

Tools, Trades and Tasks
All Work and No Play?

This new exhibition features handcrafted tools and equipment once indispensable to farmers, craftsmen, and rural families. Artfully arranged on walls and pedestals, objects such as the humble dung fork, spinning wheel, and ditch plow are shown for their intrinsic beauty.  Whether lovingly or grudgingly used, these carefully crafted and patched tools and equipment speak volumes about their early role in everyday life in rural New England.

Along with the popular Mack the Giant Ox banner, the exhibition includes Frances and Mary Allen’s photographs of people at work and play; equipment used in agriculture, food and cloth production; woodworking, coopering, and shoemaking trades; early vehicles from Montague and Greenfield; enormous barrels carved from a sycamore trunk; washing and broom-making machines; animals’ yokes and pokes; hand-wrought cow and sheep bells; and curiosities such as The Lost Hoe Found.

Tools, Trades and Tasks is installed in Memorial Hall’s Main Hall. This gallery was renovated over last year and now boasts nine new exhibition cases, improved lighting and viewing.


2013 ONGOING EXHIBIT

Skilled Hands and High Ideals:
The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield

EXHIBITION: Skilled Hands and High Ideals: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield, at Memorial Hall Museum. Learn more about the exhibit here.

PULBICATION: Poetry to the Earth: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield, written by Curator of Memorial Hall Museum Suzanne L. Flynt, chronicles the extraordinary story of how Arts and Crafts transformed this western Massachusetts farming village into a leading crafts center. Learn more about the book and its 345 images here.

WEBSITE: “Meet” the artists, hear their words, and see the objects they created at our new website, The Arts & Crafts Moment in Deerfield.

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Map of African American Sites

The unveiling of a new Map of 18th Century African American sites of Old Deerfield in commemoration of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, the museum’s traditional annual Special Exhibit moved outside the building and encompasses the entire Old Main Street of the historic district. A newly printed, large-format, full-color walking tour guide of African American sites in the village is available free with admission to the museum or for $2 for the map alone.


Highlights

◊ See highlights of Memorial Hall Museum’s American Centuries digital collection here.