Inspired by last November’s conference “Quakers, First Nations and American Indians from the 1650s to the 21st century,” we plan to travel to southern New Jersey to learn about past and present Quaker-Indian relationships, share stories, and renew friendships.
Friends Historical Association Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 12 at Haverford College
(Please note change of date, location, and partnership.)
Lunch and Annual Meeting: 12:45-2:15 PM
"Quaker Indian Schools" 2:15-3:30 PM
In conjunction with a 3-day conference
Dear FHA member,
This fall, the Friends Historical Association's Annual Meeting will take place in conjunction with the three-day conference, "Quakers, First Nations and American Indians from the 1650s to the 21st century," which will be held Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12 at the University of Pennsylvania (Nov. 10), Bryn Mawr College (Nov. 11), and Haverford College (Nov. 12). The conference program and other information are available here. Registration for the conference is free, and FHA members are encouraged and welcome to participate.
The FHA Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 12 at Haverford College will include a Luncheon Meeting and Panel Presentation. Here is the schedule:
- Luncheon Meeting: 12:45-2:15 pm, Swarthmore Room of the Haverford College Dining Center
- Panel Presentation: Quaker Indian Schools: 2:15-3:30 pm (This session is sponsored by Friends Historical Association and is the FHA Annual Lecture this year.)
Chair: Joshua Moses
- Elizabeth Thompson, “Quakers and American Indian Assimilation: Teaching American Indian School Children their Positions”
- Paula Palmer, “The Quaker Indian Schools, 1797-2005: What Were They Thinking?”
- Thomas J. Lappas, “Tunesassa Echoes and the Temperance Struggle: A Family Tradition at Tunesassa Quaker Indian School, Allegany Reservation Across Generations”
There is no charge for the lunch or for attendance of the session. Please register for the conference here (even if you only plan to attend the lunch and panel presentation) so the planners will know how many to expect for lunch.
Here's more information about the three-day conference:
"Quakers, First Nations and American Indians from the 1650s to the 21st century" is an interdisciplinary conference examining relations between American Indians, First Nations and the Society of Friends. The 17th century founding of the colony of Pennsylvania was made possible by a unique accommodation among Lenape Indians and the Quaker settler colonials. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Quaker reputation for maintaining good relations with American Indians gave them influence in federal policy on Indian Reservations, at boarding schools and in adoption programs. Quakers also reached out to Canadian officials and the First Nations of Canada. Over time, the pattern of interaction between Quakers, First Nations and American Indians has taken many turns, sometimes giving rise to currents of distrust and disappointment, darkening the celebration of Pennsylvania’s mythical, original peace.
Keynote speakers for the conference are John Echohawk, Pawnee, executive director of the Native American Rights Fund, and Jean Soderlund, author of Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society before William Penn.
The conference is sponsored by Bryn Mawr College, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at the American Philosophical Society, Haverford College, and the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, with additional funding from the Friends Historical Association, the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College, and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Penn. The planning committee includes two FHA Board members, Chris Densmore (Swarthmore College) and John Anderies (University of Pennsylvania).
Members of Friends Historical Association are welcome and encouraged to attend the entire conference. More information and registration information is here. Again, there is no charge for conference registration or for the November 12 FHA lunch and panel presentation. Please register for the conference here (even if you only plan to attend the lunch and presentation) so the planners will know how many to expect for lunch.
Questions? Contact us here.