These online exhibits focus on different topics in American History.
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.
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
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.
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.
Explore African American history in New England and discover a little-known chapter of their story of slavery and freedom in America.
Interested in the Civil War? Browse highlights from our online collection of Civil War-related objects, images and documents, or explore our interactive features.