J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Lectures on the Contested Northeast at Deerfield

Historic Deerfield is presenting a series of free monthly lectures this winter on the theme of “In Harm’s Way: Conflict and Captivity before the French and Indian War.”

Deerfield is of course the site of a famous raid on a British frontier settlement by more than 300 allied French, Canadian, and Native soldiers in 1704.

These talks commemorate that raid by “exploring conflicts, alliances and contested territories in the Northeast throughout the later 17th and early 18th centuries.”

Sunday, 24 January, 2:00 P.M.
“Rethinking King Philip’s War in the Connecticut River Valley: Pushing Beyond Old Assumptions”
Peter Thomas, Retired Associate Research Professor of Anthropology, University of Vermont

Sunday, 28 February, 2:00 P.M.
“Raiding and Captive Taking along the New England and New York Borders 1688-1748”
Kevin Sweeney, Professor of American Studies and History, Amherst College

Sunday, 20 March, 2:00 P.M.
“Colonization and Captivity in Native Space”
Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College

Sunday, 24 April, 2:00 P.M.
“The Line of Forts: An Eighteenth-Century DEW Line
Michael Coe, Professor Emeritus, Yale University

All these talks will take place at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, in Old Deerfield.

The Flynt Center of Early New England Life will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from January through April. The seasonal admission is $7 Adults, $5 Youth (ages 6-17), and free for visitors under six, members, and Deerfield residents. Historic Deerfield’s museum houses are closed during the winter.

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