GMALL to present Native American history lectures

MANCHESTER - Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presents a two-part lecture on Native American history of colonial New England on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Equinox Village in Manchester Center. Independent historian and Norwich University administrator Lars Nielsen will be the presenter.

The first lecture is entitled "Deerfield Raid, Grey Lock's War, and Rogers Raid on St. Francis - The Western Abenaki and the French and Indian War."

This talk will cover the French and Indian Wars on the New England frontier.

Picking up at the end of King Philip's War, attendees will look at the French utilization of Indian refugee raiders, starting with the attack on Deerfield in 1704, Grey Lock's War in the early 1700s, and ending with Rogers Rangers and their controversial raid on St. Francis in 1759.

Part Two is "Civil War in Indian Country: The Iroquois Confederacy in the American War of Independence." This talk concerns the Six Nations of the Iroquois and the breakup of their historical alliance when member nations split over which side to take, British or Colonial, during the American War of Independence. In addition, attendees will look at the folklore and history of the old New York frontier, from Niagara Country to Albany, in one of the "pivot" theaters of the conflict, and the end of a way of life and ancestral presence in New York.

The first lecture is from 3 to 4 p.m. , followed by the second lecture from 4:15 to 5:15 p. m. The cost for each individual lecture is $10.

For more information and to register, visit or call the GMA office at 867-0111.


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