The Helen Geier Flynt Textile Gallery showcases Historic Deerfield’s important collection of fashion, needlework, and domestic textiles. The core of the collection was assembled through the efforts of one of the museum’s founders, Helen Geier Flynt (1895-1986). Considered one of the finest collections in America, the collection contains items dating from the late 17th century through the mid-20th century.
Our modern understanding of childhood as a separate stage of life from adult responsibilities is a relatively recent concept. In New England’s past, Anglo-European children assumed adult duties much more quickly than they do today.