Historic Deerfield’s summer programs returning

Staff Writer
Published: 6/20/2021 6:00:04 PM

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield is welcoming guests for its summer season after missing last year’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The historical museum is undergoing a “phased opening” as more and more programs are added throughout the summer.

Marketing Director Laurie Nivison said Historic Deerfield’s staff members are happy to return to their summer programming, having opened May 29.

“We were sad to miss the summer last year. … We’re happy to get back to some sense of normal,” Nivison said. “It’s a great time to come back and see the museum.”

Nivison said it will be a process to restore the Historic Deerfield experience of previous years, but the museum is adding more outdoor walking tours to compensate. Some programs will still be presented virtually, however.

“We’re slowly getting our staff up and running. When you first come in, things might be a little different,” Nivison said. “As the summer gets going, we’ll be able to fully reopen all the historic houses to tour. We’ll have more demonstrations, and more spaces.”

The museum is following the state’s COVID-19 health safety guidelines, and will not require masks on the property. Nivison said unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask, but the policy is based on the “honor system.”

“We’re encouraging our staff that interact with the public to wear a mask,” Nivison said. “If they feel comfortable not wearing one, then it’s up to them.”

Nivison said staff members are hopeful that people might come explore the museum after being cooped up in their houses for more than a year.

“I have seen really healthy ticket sales, so that’s encouraging,” Nivison said. “I’m hoping there’s some pent-up energy and people want to come out, come for the day.”

The museum is open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Monday holidays through June 30, and beginning July 1, the museum will also be open on Thursdays. Hours of operation are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.historic-deerfield.org/Events.aspx or in person at the Flynt Center of Early New England Life.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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