Frances and Mary Allen
No one did as much to define Deerfield’s image as Frances and Mary Allen, who took to photography after becoming deaf in their 30s. In the process, the Allen Sisters became widely recognized as two of the most influential and accomplished women in early photography.
A Tale of Two Fiddles
By contrasting an historical depiction of Black performers to the lived experience of one contemporary Black musician and entrepreneur, we can see how perception and reality diverged from one another and left lasting impacts on the ways we view issues of race today.
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Memorial Hall Museum looks back at values of its founders. By highlighting 15 objects throughout the museum which were donated at its founding, this exhibit asks visitors to consider why the founders preserved these objects for us, and what objects we should preserve for those visiting 150 years from today.