The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity

Author and Professor of Early American History at Harvard University Jill Lepore spoke about her book, The Name of War, during a presentation at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History on December 1, 2010. Lepore traces the meanings attached to this brutally destructive war and examines early colonial accounts that depict King Philip’s men as savages and […]

Native Christianity in 17th Century New England

University of Pittsburgh History Professor James Hill summarized the history of attempts to establish Christianity among the Native People in New England during the latter half of the 17th century in a 24-minute YouTube video on August 12, 2020. Dr. Hill began with a description of how John Eliot and Thomas Mayhew Jr. worked to […]

Music of the Plimoth Colony Settlers 1590-1645

The Plimoth colonists were a diverse group of Separatists and Anglicans, English and Dutch, some religious and some not! They brought with them varied musical experiences, and Plimoth Colony heard not only psalms but also catches, ballads, and dance tunes. The Seven Times Salt instrumental group follows the settlers from England to religious refuge in the Netherlands […]

Massachusetts would fly a symbol of ‘slaughter and attempted genocide’ no more

[Boston Globe] On Jan. 5, just one day before the insurrection, the Massachusetts Legislature voted to form a commission to study and recommend permanent changes to the state seal and motto. Governor Charlie Baker signed the measure on Monday. The 19th-century seal, which appears in the center of the state flag, depicts a colonist’s arm […]

17th-Century Resistance by historian Adrian Chastain Weimer

In 1662, the newly restored king of England, Charles II, demanded that the Massachusetts Bay colony alter their laws to align with imperial priorities. Two years later, four royal commissioners arrived to enforce these demands. What followed was a season of extraordinary political activism, as colonial men and women mobilized to protect their liberties and […]

Princess Red Wing, well known Pokanoket historian featured on Providence mural

A mural on the east-facing wall of 32 Custom House Street in downtown Providence by artist Gaia entitled “Still Here,” funded by The Avenue Concept, depicts Lynsea Montanari, a member of the Narragansett tribe and an educator at the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, Rhode Island, holding a picture of  Princess Red Wing, a Narragansett/Pokanoket historian and educator who founded the museum […]

Massasoit descendant Zerviah Mitchell sought to address wrongs

In 1878, Zerviah Gould Mitchell, published the book Indian history, biography and genealogy pertaining to the good sachem Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe, and his descendants in an effort “to make record of the wrongs . . . which have been endured by my race.” Zerviah passed away in 1898, but her daugher, Charlotte Mitchell, represented the descendants […]