• Woodman Speaker Series: Patricia Violette and Colonial-Native Relations

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    Name: Woodman Speaker Series: Patricia Violette and Colonial-Native Relations
    Date: February 20, 2019
    Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
    Event Description:
    Contact: webmaster@woodmanmuseum.org Woodman Museum Speaker Series Kicks in 2019 with Colonial-Native Treaties Lecture DOVER, NH – The Woodman Museum announces its first Speaker Series event of 2019, “Diplomacy in Early New England: Treaty Conferences as a Window on Native and Non-Native Cultures,” to be held on February 20 at 7:00 PM. The event kicks off the 2019 Speaker Series to be hosted at the Woodman Museum, featuring talks on period Seacoast furniture, slavery and capitalism in America, John Wilkes Booth, oceanography, New Hampshire’s participation in the Revolutionary War, and other historical and special topics. Guest speaker Patricia Violette will deliver a talk on relations between colonists and indigenous tribes in the mid-18th century, exploring the ramifications of treaties forged between native groups in New England and colonial governments. Violette will recount the actions of Royal Governor William Shirley, who served as Captain-General (Commander-in-Chief) of Massachusetts forces during two wars: King George's War, 1744 to 1748, and the French and Indian War, 1754 to 1763. Though most of the fighting in both wars took place in Europe, each also resulted in Massachusetts declaring war on the Indian tribes on its Eastern frontier in Maine. European treaties ended the fighting on the continent, but Massachusetts also signed separate treaties with the Indians, either to end the hostilities or to gain Indian permission for an expansion of Massachusetts military presence in the Kennebec River valley. Using the transcripts of three treaty conferences conducted by Shirley, Patricia Violette, Executive Director of Albacore Park Museum and Visitor Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, will compare key English and Indian cultural concepts, examine selected exchanges in the transcripts for cultural clues, and discuss why cultural differences made it so hard for Natives and non-Natives to achieve lasting peace. Ms. Patricia Violette has more than twenty years of experience in nonprofit management and museum leadership, including Old Fort Western in Augusta, Maine; the Shirley-Eustis Historic House in Boston, Massachusetts, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire and currently she is with the Portsmouth Submarine Memorial Association as their Executive Director. Ms. Violette received an AS in Business and a BS in History from the University of Southern Maine. She also has an MS in Education from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. To learn more about the Woodman Museum, which re-opens to the public on April 3, 2019, please visit www.woodmanmuseum.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodmanmuseum. About the Woodman Museum The Woodman, founded in 1916, is a traditional early 20th-century style natural science, history, and art museum with exhibits for all ages. The campus is home to four buildings, which include the Woodman House (1818), the Hale House (1813), the William Damm Garrison (1675) and the Keefe House (1825). The museum’s collection includes hundreds of colonial artifacts, a comprehensive mineral and fossil collection, mounted animal specimens, fine art and furniture, an extensive collection of militaria, local history objects, and much more. The Woodman is open seasonally to the public (from mid-March to mid-December) Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm. For admission prices or to learn more about the museum or how you can help its mission, please visit www.woodmanmuseum.org.
    Woodman Museum, 182 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820
    Date/Time Information:
    Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7pm
    Contact Information:
    Ryan S. Brander
    $5 for non-members, members free
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