Online Seminar - Living with Disabilities in New England, 1630-1930

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Dear All:

Please consider attending and/or spreading the word about The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Friday - Saturday, June 25-26, 2021. The theme is  Living with Disabilities in New England, 1630-1930.


The entire virtual Seminar will be live-captioned using CaptionAccess CART services integrated into Zoom.

The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife is pleased to announce the schedule for this year’s conference, Living with Disabilities in New England, 1630-1930. Since 1976, the Seminar has embodied the vision of its founder, Peter Benes, by offering an annual conference as well as publications devoted to exploring everyday life, work, and culture in New England's past. Named after the town of Dublin, New Hampshire, where the series started, Historic Deerfield has hosted the Seminar since 1989 in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The Seminar serves as a meeting place where scholars, researchers, curators, librarians, educators, and students gather to pool their knowledge and exchange ideas, sources and methods as they engage in deep conversation around the year’s theme.

The Dublin Seminar suffered a significant loss when its founder, Peter Benes, died in March 2021. We invite anyone who wishes to learn about Peter’s remarkable career and share recollections of his life to gather with the Dublin Seminar Advisory Committee for a brief time during the lunch hour to celebrate his life and legacy.

For the complete conference schedule of lectures, please visit or download a PDF Flyer.

Advance registration for the conference is available online at . Registrants may request complimentary lecture abstracts through e-mail. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to students on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information and registration assistance, special needs, or access concerns, contact Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179 or The cost for the seminar is $75 for non-members, $65 for members, and $45 for students.

The Dublin Seminar Advisory Committee and Historic Deerfield thank our partners and sponsors. We are grateful to Emerging America at the Collaborative for Educational Services for facilitating professional development opportunities for K-12 educators. 

We thank the University of Massachusetts Amherst Public History Program, the UMass Department of History, and the American & New England Studies Program at Boston University for co-sponsoring the CART live captioning provided by CaptionAccess.



Nicole Belolan


Nicole Belolan, PhD
Public Historian in Residence

Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH), Rutgers University-Camden


Co-Editor, The Public Historian
Digital Media Editor, History@Work
National Council on Public History

Director, Continuing Education Program in Historic Preservation

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