8/10/19 "Tangled Lives: Native People and English Settlers in Colonial New England"

Don't miss this event! It will not be recorded so seeing it live is your only option!

What kinds of stories shaped New England identities in the 17th and 18th centuries?


On Saturday, August 10, starting at 1:30 p.m., storyteller Jo Radner will give listeners a glimpse into that world in her performance of “Tangled Lives: Native People and English Settlers in Colonial New England.”


“Tangled Lives” blends and juxtaposes material from Abenaki and English tradition, tracing some of the intertwined threads in the relationships between English settlers and Native peoples as they contested the “middle ground” – land to which each group felt entitled, land on which different cultures clashed, mingled, and merged. The stories reveal the way English and Native people in this region saw one another as defenders and trespassers, pursuers and refugees, relatives and aliens, kind neighbors and ruthless destroyers.


Radner presents stories gleaned from research and from the written memoirs of two families who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635 and migrated over time to settle the new towns of Haverhill, Massachusetts; Penacook (Concord), New Hampshire; and finally Fryeburg, Maine.


Because the stories relate to her own ancestors, Radner’s quest to understand colonial lives invites all listeners to consider how they and their relatives and neighbors are part of the history of northern New England.


You won't want to miss this program, it will not be recorded for future viewing.


Admission: $10 donation


The program is preceded by a business meeting at 1:00 p.m. at the Hiram Community Center, 14 Historical Ridge (across from Great Ossipee Museum of Hiram Historical Society), Hiram village.