Deerfield, Mass. (June 6, 2017)---Celebrate summer by joining Historic Deerfield on Thursday evenings in July for three lectures devoted to rhythms of life of early America during these warmest months of the year. "Summer Living in Early America" will explore early community celebrations of the nation's most important civic holiday, dressing to beat the heat, and summer foodways.  The  lectures, which are free and open to the public, will take place on Thursday evenings, July 6, 13, and 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts.    

2017 Summer Lecture Series Schedule:

Thursday, July 6
"Hurrah for the Fourth! Independence Day in New England, 1777-1850"

Len Travers, Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Thursday, July 13
"'For the heat is beyond your conception:' Dressing for the Heat in the Eighteenth Century"
Neal Hurst, Associate Curator, Costumes and Textiles, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Sponsored by Bank of America

Thursday, July 20
"'Tastes Like Asparagus:' Summer Eating in Early New England"

Debra Friedman, Senior President, Old Sturbridge Village

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