Hingham – Always looking for new ways to see the past, the Hingham Historical Society has come up with an innovative approach to understanding the first inhabitants of coastal New England.
Beginning Sunday, September 25, the Society’s fifth annual lecture series explores the coast’s history well before the arrival of English settlers in the early 1600s.
“Recent research has brought new perspectives to our understanding of how Indigenous life and landscapes were forever influenced by 17th-century British settlement,” said the association’s executive director. Deirdre Anderson said in a statement.
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A series of six lectures by a “world-class faculty” delivered in a variety of formats.
Two of the six presentations will take place in person at the Hingham Heritage Museum and the rest online. Ticket holders can watch speeches from the museum or watch lectures via Zoom. Organizers target audiences throughout New England.
Three of the scheduled speakers are members of Native American tribes.
“We reached out to professors at universities around the country who had published deeply researched accounts of what happened to the lives and landscapes of the First Nations as British settlers settled in New England,” said the association’s School Board Chair Eileen McIntyre said. A board member said. “This series offers fresh insights that are sometimes disturbing, often surprising, and highly enlightening.”
There is a fee for presentations, with ticket prices ranging from $150 to $650.
Here is the schedule for the series of presentations and viewing options:All lectures take place at 3:00 pm
- September 25th (Sun): University of Virginia Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and scholar Alan Taylor presents “A Ground Divided: Indians, Settlers, and the American Revolution.” Taylor has written extensively on the British colonies of North America and the early American Republic. He has won his two Pulitzer Prizes. He speaks from Virginia. The presentation will be screened in the museum and on Zoom.
- Sunday, November 6th: Eastern Shawnee Robert Miller, who teaches at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, will give a talk titled “Colonialism and International Law in New England.” Miller explores how the doctrine of European discovery influenced the colonialism of North American settlers. he speaks remotely. The presentation will be screened in the museum and on Zoom.
- December 4th (Sun): Dr. David S. Jones, Harvard University professor, speaks in person at Hingham on “Epidemics, Conflict, and Care in Colonial New England.” Jones sheds light on the life-threatening diseases that plagued settlers and indigenous peoples from the 17th century through his 18th century. The presentation can also be viewed on Zoom.
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- Sunday, January 22: Virginia D. Anderson, a former professor of history at the University of Colorado, introduces “Native Americans, British settlers, and strange beasts,” and how imported European livestock played a role in the cultural exchange between Indians and British settlers. Explore how it contributed to both the conflict and its westward expansion. A former British colony. She speaks from Colorado. The presentation will be screened in the museum and on Zoom.
- Sunday, March 26th: Gene M. O’Brien, a member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation and professor of history at the University of Minnesota, will give a talk titled “First and Last: Writing the Indians Out of Existence.” She speaks from Minnesota. The presentation will be screened in the museum and on Zoom.
She notes that 19th-century community leaders and historians “enthusiastically placed New England as the cradle of Anglo-Saxon American culture, and made unsubstantiated claims that the region’s native peoples were extinct.” I’ll pick it up. Such “erasures” are used to refute India’s claims to their land and rights.
- Sunday, April 23rd: Lisa Brooks, member of Abinaki Nation and professor at Amherst College, will speak in person at Hingham on “The New History of King Philip’s War.” Her lectures cover the complexities of the war, captivity, and native resistance that came to be known as King Philip’s War. The presentation can also be viewed on Zoom.
For tickets and more information, visit hinghamhistorical.org.
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