Historic Deerfield is hosting a forum on the theme “Company's Coming!: Artifacts and Rituals of Early New England Parlors.”
The New England parlor, designed for the reception and entertainment of visitors, communicated the social position and aspirations of the family. No other space received as much concentrated attention and economic outlay in its decoration, design, and furnishings. The use of parlors gradually evolved over the 18th century. Beginning as multipurpose spaces for sleeping, cooking, working, and eating, by the end of the century only the dining and entertaining functions remained. The goal of a well-furnished parlor was to impress guests through a display of possessions, while providing a center for refined activities and rituals such as tea drinking, card playing, dancing, and above all, conversation.This event will take place from 8:30 A.M. to 6:15 P.M. in the Deerfield Community Center. The registration fee is $115, or $95 for members.
On the same day, Essex Heritage and Salem State University are hosting a day of conversation on “Invisible Injustice: Discovering & Disseminating the Story of Slavery in the North.”
Keynote speaker Joanne Pope Melish joins scholars, educators, regional historic and cultural site staff, and other community members in conversations about effective interpretation of northern slavery and its legacies. What are the stories that our institutions are not telling? What are best practices for approaching these topics with visitors, students, and the public? We will explore these topics and other questions via scholarly presentations, break-out sessions, and facilitated activities.That event will take place from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. in Marsh Hall on the Salem State campus. It is free, but registration is required. As of today, this event is full, but there is a wait list in case space opens up.
Finally, if you’d prefer to be outdoors on that Saturday, 2 April, Minute Man National Historical Park is hosting a Park Day clean-up to prepare for the busy Patriots Day season.
Needs range from clearing invasive plants and undergrowth to trail clean up and maintenance. Refreshments will be provided free of charge thanks to the Friends of Minute Man NHP. A local historian may also be available to describe the park’s significance.Volunteers can gather at the visitor center in Lincoln starting at 9:00 A.M. For more information, contact Phil Lupsiewicz at 978-318-7833.