The second installment of the Old Stone Fort Museum’s winter lecture series will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 pm in the museum’s Badgley Annex.
Local historian Jeff O’Connor will present “The Schoharie Indians – Who Were They and Why Were They Here?” His program will explore the appearance of Mohawk people in the Schoharie Valley before the arrival of the Palatines.
Also featured prominently in the presentation will be observations and discussion about 17th century Mohawk communities and their complicated relationships with Europeans.
The Winter Lecture Series examines the Schoharie Valley’s role in the birth of New York’s “Western Frontier” and continues on the first Tuesday of each month through May 2.
Jeff O’Connor has a wealth of knowledge about Schoharie County gleaned from his love of history and research. He is the author of Thunder in the Valley and the upcoming book Skohere and the Birth of New York’s Western Frontier 1609 – 1731. Jeff and his wife Pam also own Turning Point 1777, which is a historical guided walking tour business based in Schoharie County that also offers other Colonial and Revolutionary War services.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for students or Schoharie County Historical Society members. The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is located in the village of Schoharie at 145 Fort Road, off Route 30.
Photo: De Wilden Hoek, where the Schoharie Mohawk called their home, provided by Old Stone Fort Museum.