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Seymour Historical Society Program Focuses on Settlers & Native Americans

A modern-day Native American will speak about the relationship between Indian tribes and Connecticut’s first white settlers at a program at the Seymour Historical Society on Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m.

In the late 1600s, Algonkian tribal members living in western and northern Connecticut first encountered their new European neighbors.  In this program, “Life in the Connecticut Woods,” Drew Shuptar-Rayvis will discuss what life was like for those early English and Dutch settlers.  Shuptar-Rayvis, who is the historian for Connecticut’s Schaghticoke First Nations, will also talk about how living near and trading with colonists changed the lives of Native Americans.  Among other things, he’ll discuss the importance of firearms in early Colonial New England.

The Seymour Historical Society is located at 59 West Street, near the Trinity Episcopal Church.  The program is free to Seymour Historical Society members and $5 for non-members.  Seating is limited to 65 people, so arrive early to claim a seat.  Doors open at 1 p.m.  For more information, contact psussman@snet.net, call 203-881-2156 or visit www.seymourhistoricalsociety.org.

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