Memory Wars—Settlers and Natives Remember Washington’s Sullivan Expedition of 1779

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Join us in the Museum! Andrea Lynn Smith will talk about her recent book, Memory Wars: Settlers and Natives Remember Washington’s Sullivan Expedition of 1779 

Nazareth, PA—The Moravian Historical Society is pleased to announce that its fall Museum Music and Lecture series will kick off on Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Andrea Lynn Smith, Professor of Anthropology at Lafayette College, will discuss her recent publication, Memory Wars: Settlers and Natives Remember Washington’s Sullivan Expedition of 1779. Smith’s research explores the public memory of the Sullivan Expedition (1779) of the Revolutionary War. This expedition, the brainchild of George Washington, led to the destruction of some forty Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) villages. Today it is the subject of over 60 historical markers in Pennsylvania and well over 200 in New York. In Memory Wars, Smith contrasts settler accounts with how the Sullivan story is expressed at Haudenosaunee cultural centers.

Smith’s previous books include the award-winning Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe: Maltese Settlers in Algeria and France (2006, Indiana); and Rebuilding Shattered Worlds: Creating Community by Voicing the Past (Nebraska, 2016). She is currently working on a book on the public memory of the 1737 Walking Purchase Lenape land treaty in Pennsylvania.

The talk will be followed by a book signing with the author and a reception.

Additional programs in the Museum Music & Lecture series can be found on the Moravian Historical Society’s website: This series is funded in part by the Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development through its Hotel Tax Grant.

The Moravian Historical Society’s Museum is open daily from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and is located at 214 East Center Street, Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1857, the Moravian Historical Society (MHS) preserves, interprets, and celebrates the rich culture of the Moravians. Located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, MHS maintains the 1740–1743 Whitefield House and the 1740 Gray Cottage, the oldest surviving Moravian structure in North America. Recognized widely for its significant collection, the museum offers permanent and changing exhibitions, educational programs, guided tours, and public activities.

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