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From first contact between Europeans and Native People through King Philip's War explore the different cultures and America's bloodiest war all where it actually happened.
Colonial Encounters includes the following institutions and a brief description of their program offerings.
American Antiquarian SocietyThis full-day workshop explores the written records of Europeans of their first encounters with native peoples and the narratives describing and promoting their activities in the first fifty years of settlement. The day includes a lecture and discussion by a prominent historian, a tour of the library, curator demonstrations and a workshop where participants explore a variety of original books, broadsheets and images. Groups can choose from the various workshop components outlined below.
Good News From New EnglandThe theology of the Pilgrims and Puritans is explored in this workshop that examines how their religious views influenced their relationship with the land, the native peoples and their concept of themselves. We also place these early settlers in an Atlantic World context as we examine how these settlers interacted through letters and printed texts with England and Europe. Some of the text studied include "A Model of Christian Charity," the sermon by John Winthrop in which "the city upon a hill" is first referenced; Eliott's Indian Bible printed in the language of the Algonquin Indians; History of Plimouth Plantation by William Bradford; and Good Newes from New England by Edward Winslow, which extolled the success of the evangelical mission to convert New England natives in an effort to raise money for the cause.
War and WordsThis session examines the early narratives and images of the Pequot and King Philip's Wars and how the conscious crafting of these early histories defined the participants on both sides of these conflicts.
Picturing the New WorldWe look at early maps, sketches, paintings and prints to examine how Europeans imagined and perceived the new world. This session also looks at various examples of early portraiture to explore how both colonists and natives imagined and presented themselves across the Atlantic World.
The Deerfield Teacher's Center of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Captivated: The Many Stories of 1704Periodic attacks by French and Native Americans were a fact of life for New Englanders through much of the colonial period, particularly for those living in communities in the northern and western parts of the region. In the pre-dawn hours of February 29, 1704, a force of French and Native allies launched a daring raid on the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts, situated in the Pocumtuck homeland. 112 Deerfield men, women, and children were captured and taken on a 300-mile forced march to Canada in harsh winter conditions. Was this dramatic pre-dawn assault in contested lands an unprovoked, brutal attack on an innocent village of English settlers? Was it a justified military action against a stockaded settlement in a Native homeland? Or was it something else? The Captivated program explores this event and its context from the perspectives of the individuals and cultural groups involved. The 3-hour program includes "Voices of 1704," a first-person narrative in the reproduction Indian House Children's Museum; a 50-minute program in the Memorial Hall Museum where teachers can view and discuss artifacts related to the raid including the famous "Indian House Door"; and a hands-on, primary source exploration of New England captivity. The full-day program offers all of the above elements of the short program but also includes a walking tour of the Street where the raid occurred, a visit to the Albany Road Burying Ground, and an interactive activity using PVMA's award-winning website, Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704. The Captivated program is designed for educators of grades 4-12.
Two Cultures, One Story: The Wampanoag and Pilgrims in early 17th century New EnglandIn order to understand why things happened in the past, we need to understand the people who made the history. Your group will be welcomed to the museum by a Native museum educator and a colonial educator who will provide an overview of Wampanoag and English colonial culture and world view in the 17th century. Next, your group will visit the museum's interactive living history sites, using them as learning laboratories. In the afternoon, there are several activity options that can be tailored to the focus of your grant. Options include a primary source workshops analyzing the Mayflower Compact, the 1621 Treaty or the "First Thanksgiving;" hands-on historical activities; or a lecture on topics such as 17th century religion or King Philip's War. Your day includes admission, materials, and a visit to Mayflower II.
Rhode Island Historical Society
A Time of Divine ProvidenceWhen Roger Williams settled at the mouth of a spring in the place he named Providence, he brought with him ideas that broke from the Puritan settlers of Plimoth, Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut. His idea of the liberty of conscience shaped the physical and ideological landscape of what came to be the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and the nation as whole. Come explore the area of Roger Williams's settlement and discover what this seeker found and made as distinct from the Puritan community from which he came.and that demanded he leave. Discuss the origins of the separation of church and state and come to a better understanding of the profound influence of this thinker.
Historic New England
First Settlers, Early ColonistsThis program immerses participants in early local history in an authentic seventeenth century setting. Role-playing workshops explore the 1660s through tasks that children had to master as members of a family. Tour of Spencer-Pierce Little Farm, Dole-Little House, Coffin House (MA); Arnold House, Clemens-Irons House (RI).
Spencer-Pierce Little Farm