Event History Lecture Series: Algonquians of the Lower Merrimack Valley

March 3, 2019 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us at the Newburyport Public Library for a series of presentations on various topics in local history.

Have you ever wondered what the Merrimack Valley was like before Europeans colonized the Americas? Long before Newburyport, Newbury, or even Plymouth, this area was home to the Algonquian people. Join us for an informative lecture and slide presentation about the Algonquian people of the Merrimack Valley.

Anthropologist, author, and historian Mary Ellen Lepionka will discuss the people who lived here before and after first contact with Europeans. Topics include who they were, where they came from, how they lived, and how they coped with European colonization. Where are the Algonquian people now? Centuries later, what are their local legacies? Learn about the real meanings of Algonquian place names and ceremonial landscapes hidden in plain sight.

As this talk is expected to possibly exceed our room capacity, we will be handing out free tickets starting at 1:30 pm.

This year's history lecture series dates are February 24th, March 3rd, March 10th, and March 17th.

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