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POCUMTUCK VALLEY MEMORIAL ASSN

aka P.V.M.A.   |   Deerfield, MA   |  www.deerfield-ma.org

Mission

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association/Memorial Hall Museum is a membership-based non-profit in Deerfield, Massachusetts, offering a wide variety of programs to support its mission of preserving the history of Deerfield and the Connecticut River Valley. It maintains a museum, children's museum, library, and teachers' center in Deerfield, MA. The Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits cultural artifacts made and/or used in the region. These collections are maintained both for the education of the general public and as research tools for scholars.The organization is known for its living history events, publications, education programs in the schools, and its educational websites including: www.americancenturies.mass.edu.

Ruling year info

1949

Executive Director

Mr. Timothy Neumann

Main address

10 Memorial St PO Box 428

Deerfield, MA 01342 USA

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EIN

04-2147607

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Art Museums (A51)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Education programs and websites

Great strides have been made over the past 25 years in broadening the Museum's vision and community participation. Founded in the heat of the Colonial Revival to honor English ancestors who settled this region in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Museum has enlarged its programming to include Eastern Europeans, Native Americans, African Americans, and other people of color. The Museum is a vital and active member of the community, acting as a repository for its on-going history, and frequently called upon to provide an historical, multi-cultural perspective as the community grapples with current-day concerns.
The Museum began offering education programs in 1975 and serves students PreK-12 in area school districts and colleges. We offer institutes to educators, participate in teacher training courses, and collaborate with area school systems to develop standards-based curriculum. The Museum has just launched an educational website for a national audience, funded in part by the NEH and IMLS, which features primary resources for use in the classroom and school libraries, as well as curriculum and exhibits. Most recently we have been awarded a Teaching American History grant (in partnership with County school districts) to provide extensive teacher professional development throughout the County. The Museum offers professional education for museum personnel. An adult lecture series, Eastern European project, living history events, historical theater, lifelong learning programs and concerts have been developed. To better meet the needs of families, we opened the 'Old Deerfield Children's Museum', our family activity center, in the summer of 1999.
The Museum is using a wide range of electronic and printed media, radio, TV, newspapers, books and the Internet to promote an interest in the history of the region and our collections. In addition to its own award-winning publications, the Museum assists scholars, authors, and publishers with research and photographs, reaching a vast national audience through books and publications. Publications range from William and Mary Quarterly to Yankee Magazine. The award-winning book by John Demos, The Unredeemed Captive, was researched, in great part, in the library's manuscript collection.
PVMA annually serves 48,000 constituents onsite, largely from Franklin and Hampshire Counties. Off-site audiences, such as at quilt shows, and in-school programs, are an additional 25,044.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PVMA works with elementary and secondary educational institutions as well as with area colleges and teacher training programs and serves 124 schools in 30 school districts in Massachusetts. Children participate in hands on activities built around life in the late 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, as experienced both by settlers and Native Americans. New programs on the African American experience in New England are also included. History-to-Go programs bring this learning into classrooms, enliven history and engage students. High school programs include a Community Service Learning Project. PVMA works with the Five Colleges and community colleges. PVMA’s resources are integrated into college courses and and is an UMASS approved internship site.

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Children and youth
Young adults

PVMA is a leader in teacher professional development. Over the past ten years we have provided in-depth training for over 1,000 teachers, many through nine US Department of Education Teaching American History projects partnering with schools throughout the region. The PVMA Deerfield Teachers’ Center is centrally located in the historic district and is a hub of professional development. The Center is staffed with historians and offers a library of American history resources (books, CDs, DVDs, lesson plans, and classroom history kits). Our professional development stresses scholarship, education standards, pedagogy, inquiry-based learning using primary resources, and our region’s history as a window into understanding American History. PVMA has been invited to present our model of professional development at many national education conferences. The Teachers’ Center hosts accredited Mass DOE Summer Institutes for educators.

Population(s) Served
Adults

PVMA has created four premier national websites of its own, American Centuries: View from New England (www.americancenturies.mass.edu); Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 (www.1704.deerfield.history.museum); and The Arts & Crafts Moment in Deerfield (www.artscrafts-deerfield.org )and Impressions from a Lost World (www.dinotracksdiscovery.org). These websites had nearly a million visitor sessions last year. PVMA maintains and upgrades the sites with new materials and features and has a new website in the early design stage on Lucy Terry Prince, Franklin County’s 18th century African American poet. PVMA also collaborated on the website, Shays’ Rebellion and the Making of a Nation: From Revolution to Constitution, in partnership with Springfield Technical Community College (MA).

Population(s) Served
Adults

Living history, performing arts, adult programming, community-wide reads, and crafts events are offered year round, and provide opportunities to enliven history and engage the community in fun, educational programs.

We hold a living history commemoration of the 1704 attack on Deerfield, featuring costumed re-enactors portraying the French, English, and Native Americans involved in the attack. On the Fourth of July we hold a turn of the century band concert. The Sunday Afternoon Concert series, featuring local professional musicians performing chamber music, is held in the historic music room.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Collections and exhibits are housed in the fully accessible Memorial Hall Museum, built in 1798 by Asher Benjamin, America’s first architect, as Deerfield Academy’s original building. Present holdings of 31,000 objects document the entire history of the region and include Native American objects, furniture, paintings, the Fuller Collection, photographs, textiles, musical instruments, pewter, glassware, tools, military items, spinning and weaving equipment, architectural fragments, and dolls and toys. A remarkable feature of the collection is the depth of documentation of its objects within the curatorial files as well as inter-relation to the journals, newspapers, and manuscripts in the library, for engaging in explorations of major themes and events in our nation’s history.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Library has evolved into a premier research facility. It is open weekdays, year round. Over 5,000 scholars, students, and community members use the facility each year. It holds approximately 40,000 items including 25,000 printed books and pamphlets and 900 linear feet of manuscripts, including many which are nationally significant. The collections represent to an extraordinary degree, the life and thought of this region from the close of the 17th century to the mid-20th century. Our library materials are the basis of many publications, such as John Demos’ The Unredeemed Captive and Mr. and Mrs. Prince, the latest biography of Deerfield’s most notable 18th century African American family that of Lucy Terry Prince who wrote the first documented African American poetry in America.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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POCUMTUCK VALLEY MEMORIAL ASSN

Board of directors
as of 03/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carol Letson

Regina Nash

Charles Olchowski

Nancy Sadoski

Pam Bensen

Penny Spearance

David Short

Jeremy Rogers

John Abercrombie

David Brule

Richard Holmes

Janet Gerry

Sarah Doyle

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