Stockbridge Mohicans program Jan 15

The Stockbridge Mohicans, a long-suffering, proud and determined people, lost their land in Massachusetts in the 1780s. They eventually located in Shawano County in 1856, where they live today. Jeff Siemers, author of Proud and Determined: A History of the Stockbridge Mohicans, 1734-2014, will present a slide show at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 15, at the Fond du Lac Public Library in the History at Home series.

Siemers’ book looks at how federal Indian policies, factionalism within the tribe and Christian conversion played significant roles in the tribe’s history. Siemers will talk about how he became interested in the topic, his research and how those studies caused him to reach new and different conclusions about the history of the Stockbridge Mohicans.

Siemers, who lives and works in Fond du Lac, first became aware of the Stockbridge Mohicans during a river trip when he was stopped for trespassing by a reservation employee. He was told about a Bible given to the tribe by the British in 1745, and that fueled his academic interests.

Copies of his book, Proud and Determined, $25, will be available at the presentation for sale and signing.

History at Home is a series of programs that take place at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month highlighting interesting stories and aspects of local and state history. Upcoming programs include:

  • February 19: Fond du Lac’s Grand Manner, presented by Terry Gaffney
  • March 19: Fond du Lac Children’s Home, presented by Sally Albertz
  • April 16: History of Wisconsin Supper Clubs, presented by Ron Faiola
  • May 21: Fond du Lac and the Alaska Gold Rush, presented by Theresa Mayer, the Rev. Edward Sippel, John Bruscoe and Tracy Reinhardt
  • June 18: History of The Little Farmer, presented by Theresa Mayer
  • July 16: Following in their Footsteps: Local WWI Soldiers in Europe, presented by Wayne King and Maureen Betz
  • August 20: Moonshining and Bootlegging in the Holy Land, presented by John Jenkins
  • September 17: Railroading in Early Fond du Lac, presented by Tracy Reinhardt
  • October 15: Harry Houdini, presented by Emily Rock

In the photo: The circles, curves and lines in the Stockbridge Mohicans’ Many Trails symbol stand for endurance, strength and hope of the proud and determined people. Author Jeff Siemers will talk about the history of the Stockbridge Mohicans in a History at Home presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 15, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.


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