Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Hadley Sampler: An Anniversary Celebration at Historic Deerfield

New Exhibition Celebrates Historic Pioneer Valley Town
Hadley Sampler: An Anniversary Celebration Opens Aug. 22

The town of Hadley, Massachusetts is celebrating its 350th Anniversary and to help observe this occasion, Historic Deerfield will showcase objects from the town.Beginning Saturday, August 22nd, Hadley Sampler: An Anniversary Celebration will be open to the public at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life.

"The idea for an exhibition of museum objects from Hadley came out of a conversation about a dress," said Claire Carlson, Education Program Coordinator at Historic Deerfield and co-chair of the Hadley Historical Commission. "The Hadley Historical Commission and the Hadley 350th Anniversary Committee are thrilled that that dress, as well as more than 15 other Hadley objects, will be on display in Deerfield."

A wide variety of objects will be on view in the exhibition including a Chinese porcelain punch bowl owned by Charles Phelps, Jr. and Elizabeth Porter Phelps of Forty Acres; a watercolor family register made by Ebenezer W. Kellogg in 1826 when he was just 11 years old; and a tall case clock with the works made by silversmith and clockmaker Elijah Yeomans of Hadley.

"Hadley families like the Porters, Phelpses, and Kelloggs pursued a genteel lifestyle with the furnishings that supported it," said Amanda Lange, Curatorial Department Chair and Curator of Historic Interiors at Historic Deerfield. "This is a great opportunity to give a glimpse into the history of the town of Hadley, and the talents and stories of those who have lived there."

Smith College praxis intern Alison Tebaldi has worked extensively as the guest curator in the creation of this new show. Her role was to locate and select appropriate objects from the collection, prepare them for exhibition, research the specific objects and their history in Hadley, write interesting and compelling labels, and design and install the objects within the Lobby cases of the Flynt Center. Alison is an American History major and rising Senior at Smith College, and will study abroad in Italy for the next year.

"This was an excellent opportunity for someone interested in a museum career to experience the entire process of an exhibition - from soup to nuts," said Amanda Lange. "We really appreciate Alison's work on this project, and the Praxis Internship Program at Smith College for making this collaboration possible."

Hadley Sampler: An Anniversary Celebration opens Aug. 22, 2009 at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life and is included with general admission. For more information, please call (413) 775-7214.

About Historic Deerfield
Historic Deerfield ( is a nationally recognized museum offering tours of period houses and the Flynt Center of Early New England Life. Now featuring exhibitions:
• Hadley Sampler: An Anniversary Celebration on view through January 1, 2010.
• Into the Woods: Crafting Early American Furniture, a long-term furniture exhibition on view through 2013.
• Engraved Powder Horns from the French and Indian War and the American Revolution: The William H. Guthman Collection, permanent.
• Celebrating the Fiber Arts: The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery, a permanent exhibition with changing elements.
Historic Deerfield also offers relaxed fine dining at Champney's Restaurant and Tavern at the Deerfield Inn, lodging at the 1884 Deerfield Inn (, and shopping at the Museum Store ( Please call 413-775-7214 for museum information and program schedule.

Historic Deerfield is a member of Museums10, a partnership of ten outstanding museums - Amherst College Museum of Natural History, Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Hampshire College Art Gallery, Historic Deerfield, Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, National Yiddish Book Center, Smith College Museum of Art, and the University Gallery at UMass Amherst - in one gorgeous place: the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. For more information about Museums10, please visit

Historic Deerfield
80 Old Main Street, P.O. Box 321
Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342
T: 413-775-7175
F: 413-775-7220

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