Arts, Culture, and Humanities

POCUMTUCK VALLEY MEMORIAL ASSN

  • Deerfield, MA
  • www.deerfield-ma.org

Mission Statement

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association/Memorial Hall Museum is a membership-based organization in Deerfield, Massachusetts, offering a wide variety of programs to support its mission of preserving the history of Deerfield and Connecticut River Valley. It maintains a museum, children's museum, library, and teachers? center in Deerfield. . 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 publications, education programs in the schools and its new educational website: www.americancenturies.mass.edu.
To carry out its mission, PVMA has the following specific goals:
-To collect materials from the region's diverse communities.
-To preserve artifacts and information for future generations.
-To publish and disseminate research on the collections.
-To produce permanent and rotating interpretive exhibits designed to be approachable and interesting to its diverse audience.
-To provide both the community and scholars access to the collections on a regular schedule.
-To host public programs of an educational nature, with a special emphasis on elementary and secondary school programs.
-To promote an interest in the history and art of this region.
-To widely communicate information on the collections through the electronic and printed media.
-To engage the participation of the membership of the PVMA and the community in the above programs.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. School Groups
  3. Teachers' Center
Service Areas

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National

We serve a regional New England audience as well as visitors from around the country and the world via our educational websites.

ruling year

1949

Executive Director

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Mr. Timothy Neumann

Keywords

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Deerfield, colonial, American history and art,, Teacher Professional Development,, educational websites, Native Americans,

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Also Known As

P.V.M.A.

EIN

04-2147607

 Number

3314542302

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Art Museums (A51)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

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.

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Program 2

School Groups

PVMA works extensively with elementary and secondary educational institutions as well as with area colleges and teacher training programs. School programs serve 124 schools in 30 school districts in the four western counties of Massachusetts, districts ranging from rural New England to inner-city Springfield. Popular programs for elementary students are held at PVMA. 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. Through many hands on activities such as preparing a meal at a Puritan hearth and in a Native American shelter the children’s interest is engaged, and historical concepts are explored. New programs on the African American experience in New England are under development. History-to-Go programs bring this type of learning into classrooms

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

$15,000

Program 3

Teachers' Center

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$10,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve a regional New England audience as well as visitors from around the country and the world via our educational websites.

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POCUMTUCK VALLEY MEMORIAL ASSOCIATI
Fiscal year: Dec 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

Mr. Timothy Neumann

BIO

Ed.M., Harvard University Graduate School of Education, June 1975. Self-directed course focused on cognitive development and its application to museums as learning environments. This included an independent study at the Boston Children?s Museum. Intern in Elementary and Secondary Education, and Museum Interpretation, Historic Deerfield, Inc., September 1973 ? June 1974. Researched and developed multi-level programs in history and the decorative arts.B.A., Wheaton College, Illinois, June 1973. Double Major; History and Literature. With High Honors. Teaching Assistant to Dr. David Mass, History Department, academic years 1970-73. Director, Children?s Fine Arts Festival, Spring 1973.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association is concerned with the history and historical development of the Connecticut and Deerfield valleys. The collections, the museum, and the library are to be considered as tools for research and scholarship.
To carry out its mission the Association has specific goals:
• To develop programs and activities of an educational nature, using the collections of the Association and the experience of its staff;
• To promote an interest in the history of the area;
• To collect and preserve artifacts and information concerning the Association's areas of interest that will provide future generations with knowledge of the past;
• To continue the commitment to publishing as initiated by the founder George Sheldon; and
• To continue to collect local handcrafted articles of former and present times, and to promote, when appropriate, contemporary artisans and craft workers and craft related programs.
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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Carol Letson

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