Memorial Hall Museum is now open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays), 11 am to 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 100 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.
PAST SPECIAL EXHIBIT
THREE DAYS ONLY
November 10–12, 2018
11 am to 4:30 pm
Free admission for this special exhibit
Memorial Hall Museum will open for Veterans Day weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Get a rare glimpse into the lives of the local men and women on the front lines. Uniforms, official correspondences, personal letters, and other artifacts bring the reality of the war and the Armistice to life.
Learn about memorial poppies and pin one on the board to honor someone special.
PAST EXHIBITION (newly adapted with a Hitchcock Timeline)
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.
NOTE: PARTS OF THIS EXHIBIT HAVE BEEN NEWLY INSTALLED, along with a Hitchcock Timeline.
PAST SPECIAL EXHIBITS (still on view)
MUSIC ROOM In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Hall Museum’s 1916 wing, the Music Room was 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 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.
RELICS 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.
TOOLS, TRADES & TASKS
All Work and No Play?
This 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.
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 website, The Arts & Crafts Moment in Deerfield.
A Map of 18th Century African American sites of Old Deerfield was produced in commemoration of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary and encompasses the entire Old Main Street of the historic district. The printed, large-format, full-color walking tour guide is available free with admission to the museum or for $2 for the map alone.
◊ See highlights of Memorial Hall Museum’s American Centuries digital collection here.