In fact, Massachusetts issued the very first slave code in English America in 1641. Why did New Englanders turn to slavery and become the first in English America to codify its practice? [Read more…] about New England Indians, Colonists, and Origins of American Slavery
Native American History
The Oneida County History Center will host a lecture by Syracuse University Professor Philip P. Arnold on the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and the Erie Canal , set for Saturday, January 26th at 1 pm.
For millennia waterways have been profoundly important in indigenous Haudenosaunee territories. Arnold will discuss the important role waterways play in the cosmology of the Haudenosaunee people of New York State, and the Erie Canal’s profound environmental effects and traumatic consequences on the Haudenosaunee relationships to their lands. [Read more…] about The Haudenosaunee and The Erie Canal Jan 26th
A whaling frenzy gripped the East End of Long Island in the mid-1600s. Prominent settlers in the area fought the elements and each other to pursue this often brutal, bloody, yet extremely profitable trade. And the most sought-after crews were drawn from the local Native American population: Shinnecock, Unkechaug, and Montauketts.
Dr. John Strong, professor emeritus of Southampton College, documents this history in his latest book, America’s Early Whalemen: Indian Shore Whalers on Long Island, 1650-1750. Combing records and primary sources from across the Island, he pieces together a portrait of a neglected period of American history. [Read more…] about Early Whaling on Long Island
The Rome Historical Society is set to host Janet Dangler, Town of Marshall Historian, who will present a program about the Brothertown Indians, a Christian group of Native Americas who settled in the Deansboro area in the 1770s, on Thursday, October 18th at 7 pm.
The Brothertown Indians were formed by several “Christian Tribes” from New England who banded together in an effort to preserve their common culture and identity. [Read more…] about Brothertown Indians Program in Rome, NY
The Adirondack History Museum has announced their annual Historian’s Day event has been set for Friday, October 12th, from 10 am to 2 pm. This years theme is “Researching Diversity in the Adirondacks” and will feature three guest presenters. [Read more…] about Adirondack Diversity Research Focus of Historians Day
The Rome Historical Society is set to host a live podcast recording of “Iroquois History & Legends” with Andrew and Caleb Cotter on Thursday, September 20th at 7 pm.
The Cotter brothers, from Canandaigua, New York, grew up with a fondness for Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) stories and fables. After researching early American and Canadian history they found the Haudenosaunee were at the center of it all, yet most textbooks had left their contributions out. For that reason, Andrew and Caleb began a podcast to tell the story of the Iroquois people and share how they influenced events throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. [Read more…] about Iroquois History and Legends in Rome Sept 20
A Native American pipe tomahawk gifted to Seneca leader Cornplanter by George Washington in 1792, and stolen from the State Museum, has been reacquired through a donation and returned to the collections.
The artifact is on exhibit in the State Museum’s main lobby through December 30. The pipe tomahawk was stolen from the State Museum between 1947 and 1950. [Read more…] about Stolen Seneca Tomahawk Returned To Museum Collection
The Seneca Nation of Indians (Onon:dowa’ga:’) will open its new Seneca-Iroquois National Museum in Salamanca, NY on August 4, 2018 at 11 am.
The new 33,000 square-foot $18 million museum and cultural center will celebrate Seneca and Native history and also have a focus on the future.
What follows is an announcement that was sent to the press.
Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York has received a gift of $2.5 million from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust.
The gift will fund the principal curatorial position of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art as well as to create a new fund for special projects related to the collection.
In recognition of the gift, the position has been named the Eugene and Clare Thaw Curator of American Indian Art. Present curator Eva Fognell, who has managed the collection since 2002, will assume the new title immediately. The curatorship is the first endowed position in the museum’s history. [Read more…] about New Endowed Curator of American Indian Art at Fenimore
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, David J. Silverman, a professor of history at George Washington University and the author of Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America (Harvard University Press, 2016), joins us for an exploration of Native America and the ways Native Americans used guns to shape their lives and the course of North American colonial and indigenous history.
You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/184