Bidwell House Museum's Second Summer History Talk

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MONTEREY, Mass. —Bidwell House Museum will be having its second history talk of the summer "Murder and Mercy on the Susquehanna: Captain Civility of Conestoga Teaches Pennsylvania Colonists New Principles of Justice" at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 9 at Tyringham Union Church with a Zoom option.
 
Pulitzer Prize winner and New York University Professor Nicole Eustacea will discuss a forgotten murder of a Seneca hunter near Conestoga, Pennsylvania by two white fur traders on the eve of a major treaty between Iroquois leaders and European colonists.
 
According to the press release, this attack set into motion a series of criminal investigations and cross-cultural negotiations that challenged the definition of justice in early America with lessons that remain relevant to debates about criminal justice reform today.
 
Tickets for members who wish to attend in-person cost $10 or $15 for non-members. The zoom option is free for members free or $10 for non-members $10.
 
Tickets for this event can be purchased here
 
UPDATE: Due to a positive COVID diagnosis with the speaker there will no longer be an in-person option. The lecture will now be solely on Zoom. 

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