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These online exhibits focus on different topics in American History.

Turns of the Centuries

An interactive exhibit that focuses on three past "turns of the centuries"—1700, 1800 and 1900. Each of these Turns was a major benchmark in American history: the Colonial period; the Federal period; and the Progressive and Colonial Revival period. In the exhibit, five themes are explored across these time periods: Native Americans, African Americans, Newcomers (settlers, and immigrants), the Land, and Family Life.

Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704

This website explores a dramatic pre-dawn assault in Deerfield, Massachusetts. This raid took place in 1704 in contested lands; was it an unprovoked, brutal attack on an innocent village of English settlers? Was it a justified military action against a stockaded settlement in a Native homeland? Or was it something else? Explore this website and hear all sides of the story—then you decide.

Shays' Rebellion and the Making of a Nation

Only three years after the American Revolution ended, thousands of Massachusetts citizens took up arms against their new state government. This website tells the story of Shays' Rebellion, and a crucial period in our nation's founding when the survival of the republican experiment in government was neither destined nor assured.

Arts and Crafts Moment in Deerfield Website

In the early 20th century, Deerfield, Massachusetts was home to a distinctive manifestation of the American Arts and Crafts Movement. Artisans here created exquisite Colonial-inspired needlework as well as rugs, basketry, pottery, metalwork, furniture and weavings. Useful as well as beautiful, the art objects presented in this website are set against the historical and cultural backdrop of a unique time and place.

African Americans in Early Rural New England

Explore African American history in New England and discover a little-known chapter of their story of slavery and freedom in America.

Civil War Roll Call

Interested in the Civil War? Browse highlights from our online collection of Civil War-related objects, images and documents, or explore our interactive features.


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