I want to sincerely thank everyone here who pitched in to the Apess campaign to place an historical marker up in Colrain, MA commemorating Colrain as the place of William Apess’ birth in 1798. The marker has been purchased with the funds we raised together and it is scheduled to go up on the front lawn of the Griswold Memorial Library on Saturday October 13th of this year. I’d like to make this an event, a ceremony, and a celebration of continued indigenous presence in the region–so please mark it on your calendars and, if you can, come join us on October 13th. It may also be your last chance to pick up one of these fashionable What Would Apess Do t-shirts. More info to come.
“when this tree of distinction shall be leveled to the earth, and the mantle of prejudice torn from every American heart–then shall peace pervade the union.” William Apess
What better way to spend a Friday night in May?
A New Look at Colrain-born Pequot Indian, William Apess
Friday, May 5, 7:00 pm, Greenfield Community College, Stinchfield Lecture Hall:
Preregistration required: $5,
Presenter: Drew Lopenzina
Drew Lopenzina, who calls Western Massachusetts home, currently can be found at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he is professor of Native American and Early American literature. His talk will focus on the remarkable life, writings, and activism of the Colrain-born 19th-century Pequot Indian minister William Apess. Lopenzina is the author of two books: Red Ink: Native Americans Picking up the Pen in the Colonial Period and his recent publication, Through an Indian’s Looking Glass: A Cultural Biography of William Apess, A Pequot. Through his works Lopenzina hopes to bring attention to the poignant historical contributions and sustained presence of Native American communities in the northeast.
BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AFTER THE PRESENTATION.
[From Drew on Facebook. I can vouch for this guy.]
If you missed Drew Lopenzina’s talk, he’s back in May at GCC.
Friday May 5 – 7 pm
Stinchfield Lecture Hall
Professor Drew Lopenzina (Old Dominion University) will focus on the remarkable life, writing and activism of this 19th century Pequot minister. Lopenzina’s newly published book, Through an Indian’s Looking Glass: A Cultural Biography of William Apess, Pequot will be available.
via Prof. Lisa Brooks, Associate Professor of English and American Studies. Chair, Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program