Reconnection to Deerfield

Almost a year ago, I presented a Paper to The Chicago Literary Club ( on three Chicago sisters named Monroe. A minor point made by me in it related that one sister, the widow of the famed Chicago architect, John Wellborn Root, rented a house, for the Summer of 1892, in Deerfield, for herself, her several small children and a house servant or two. Because she was sickly, both her sisters visited her, and, as Mrs. Root’s two sisters were great letter writers, and some of their letters are were preserved in accessible Chicago libraries, one knows their timing and their family concerns. Why Deerfield, other than the known fact that agriculture in Deerfield had been in a severe depression since the opening of the Erie Canal, and rentals there were cheap? Chistopher Monkhouse (’65), now of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Susan Flynt, who has written a fine book on the Arts & Crafts Movement of Deerfield, provided the necessary clues: Madeline Yale Wynne, a key figure in that Movement, spent Winters in Chicago, as a neighbor to Mrs. Root’s family home. Moving in the same social circles, the three sisters and Mrs. Wynne had to have become close friends. Deerfield was an excellent place, in which to escape the rigors of a Chicago Summer that was on the eve of The World’s Columian Exposition. One Monroe sister – Lucy (later Mrs. W. J. Calhoun, wife of the Amderican Minister to China, appointed by President Taft, used her 1892 time in Deerfield to write for publication, in the New England Magazine, both on Deerfield and on the new Art Institute of Chicdgo, designed by Boston’s famed architectural firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, which firm is credited with having been the Architect for the restoraton of Deerfield’s Frary House. These are not intellectual roads down which I, even, thought of venturing, when I was a student at the Academy, some 65 years ago.

John Notz


Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

There are Deerfield Clubs in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on specific clubs and their sponsored events. 

Of course! Be sure to read the latest issue of From Albany Road in your email’s in-box for current news of what is happening on campus. As we also send out periodic invitations, it’s always best to make sure we have your current physical address. And if you do plan on visiting campus, why not tell us ahead of time?

Contact the Office of Advancement

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342