Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Winter Lecture Series: "Risky Business"

Historic Deerfield will present a free winter lecture series, "Risky Business: Getting Ahead in the Early Republic," exploring the fascinating histories of individuals willing to bend or even break established customs and laws in their quest to "get ahead" in the new republic, on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. in January, February, and March at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, in Old Deerfield.

A rising generation of citizens vigorously pursued happiness in the decades following the American Revolution. For some, this meant taking morally dubious and potentially disastrous shortcuts to fame and fortune. Join us as we learn more about the lively and unconventional careers of two women who made crime pay, an artistic counterfeiter, and a creative biographer. 

The first lecture, entitled "Making Crime Pay: The Dangerous Careers of Ann Carson and Mary Clarke," will be presented by Susan Branson, Professor of History, Syracuse University, on Sunday, January 28.

The lecture series continues with "Soldier, Engraver, Counterfeiter: Richard Brunton's Life on the Fringe in America's New Republic," presented by Deborah Child, Independent Scholar, on Sunday, February 25. 

The final lecture, "'Parson Weems' and the (Re)making of George Washington," will be presented by Steven Bullock, Professor of History, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, on Sunday, March 25.

Winter Hours and Admission Information

The Flynt Center of Early New England Life will be open Saturdays and Sundays, December 30, 2017 - April 8, 2018, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Visitors can enjoy current exhibitions and "The Museum's Attic" gallery.  Seasonal Winter Admission: $7 Adults, $5 Youth (ages 6-17), under 6, Deerfield residents, and members free. Historic Deerfield's museum houses are closed to the public during the winter months (January-mid-April), however pre-arranged tours-by-appointment, school tours and group tours can still be scheduled. For more information, call (413) 775-7214. The museum will reopen for the 2018 Season on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

About Historic Deerfield, Inc.

Historic Deerfield, Inc., is dedicated to the heritage and preservation of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and the Connecticut River Valley. Its museums and programs provide today's audiences with experiences that create an understanding and appreciation of New England's historic villages and countryside.

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