Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association celebrates and preserves Deerfield and the surrounding region's cultural history. It is comprised of the Memorial Hall Museum (which houses a research library), the Deerfield Teaching Center, and the Indian House Children's Museum. The association was formed in 1870. Its main offices are located in the Museum, which was built in 1798 as the Deerfield Academy school. The museum features antique furniture, paintings, textiles and Indian artifacts. It is one of the country's oldest museums and contains arguably the finest antiquarian collection in the northeast. The library holds manuscripts, diaries, account books, town records and maps. At the Indian House Children's Museum (it is a replica house built in 1929; the original was involved in an attack on Deerfield in the French and Indian War), kids can dress up in period clothing, make crafts, write with a quill and participate in other activities.