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March 28. 2013 12:43AM

Portsmouth commemorates the 1713 treaty between English and Native Americans

This summer, the city will commemorate the 300th anniversary of the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth between the English and the Native Americans of the Maine and New Hampshire coast.

Two special exhibits, "First Nations Diplomacy Opens the Portsmouth Door," will open on Wednesday, May 1, at the Portsmouth Historical Society's John Paul Jones House Museum and at Strawbery Banke Museum.

The exhibits feature historical artifacts from the era and replicas of the original Treaty from the Library of Congress and the British Archives, signed by New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Native American dignitaries.

A series of talks and other programs are scheduled at the two museums and at Portsmouth Historic Houses Association properties, including Warner House and Historic New England, which own houses dating to the period, as well as the Portsmouth Public Library and the Piscataqua Pioneers.

To launch the 300th anniversary commemoration, Tri-Centennial Committee chair Charles B. Doleac will present an illustrated talk at the Portsmouth Public Library on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.

The talk, outlining the history that led up to the treaty conference in Portsmouth on July 11-14, 1713, will introduce new insights on First Nations diplomacy and its relevance to current Rights of Indigenous Peoples concerns. The talk is free and open to the public.

Making an Impact

"The Treaty is important for the First Nations diplomacy employed, for the first steps toward recognition of a New Hampshire governing Council separate from Massachusetts and for the impact it had on opening the Portsmouth door to development as the commercial and military hub on the frontier," said Charles B. Doleac, chairman of the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth Tricentennial Committee. "The issues discussed in Portsmouth in 1713 have a direct connection with ideas concerning the Rights of Indigenous People that are in the headlines today."

On July 14, 2013, the 300th anniversary of the Treaty signing, Strawbery Banke Museum will host Colin Calloway, chair of the Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College in Hanover.

Additional programs are being scheduled with John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine-Orono Native American Studies Program and Penobscot storyteller; Lisa Brooks, native American studies at Amherst College; Emerson "Tad" Baker, Salem State College; Jere Daniell, author of Colonial New Hampshire and Dartmouth College professor of history emeritus; Neill DePaoli, resident archaeologist at the Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site in Maine and David Stewart-Smith, New Hampshire Intertribal Council historian and archaeologist. The Strawbery Banke lecture series is presented through a grant from the Roger R. and Theresa A. Thompson endowment fund.

Visit 1713TreatyofPortsmouth.org


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