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Discovering Maine’s 16th Century through Archaeology

On this 21-minute YouTube video, explore southern Maine’s 16th century history through archaeology with this May, 2020 program presented on the Brick Store Museum’s 16th Century Saturday Series, supported by the Maine Humanities Council, and sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and Maine 200  (Left) A 1605 map of the Saco River along the Maine coast done by […]

The Puritans and the development of New England in the 17th century

History professor Christian Jardine describes the Puritans and how they influenced the development of New England in the 17th century in this 47-minute YouTube video. He continues his presentation in Part 2 on a 50-minute video and in Part 3 on a 40-minute video.

Williams Blackstone and the early settlement of Pawtucket, RI

A 28-year-old ordained Anglican priest, William Blackstone, left England in 1623 to join the Wessagusset colony (now Weymouth) but by 1625 had left for today’s Boston Harbor and the Shawmut Peninsula. (Left) Blackstone is pictured riding his white bull upon which it is said he often traveled while reading his books. He built a house on […]

Native American History Of Massachusetts – Episode 1

The latest research and discoveries about the Paleolithic forebears of Massachusetts, through the Archaic and Late Archaic periods. Massachusetts is one of the richest places in North America for Paleo and Archaic settlements. Written and narrated by RG Cachat-Schilling, this 26-minute video examines the history of Native occupants of Massachusetts over the Paleo-to-Agro period, 14,000-2,000 yrs. BP. […]

Legacies of 1620 and the Mayflower: Native Americans of New England

America’s founding myth depicts the establishment of the Puritan colony, celebrated at Thanksgiving, as the point of origin of the country. The history of the indigenous peoples on whose lands the English moved are too often a marginal or a neglected part of the founding myth of New England and America. UMass Lowell History Professor […]

The story of New England’s ancient old growth forests

Since the arrival of settlers in the 17th century, enormous changes have taken place across central New England and what our remnant old growth stands look like today. Tob Wessels from Antioch University and David Foster of the Harvard Forest narrator this story that was filmed in 2018 by New England Forests. They point out […]

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 […]