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Bidwell Lore – Mohican Territory and Loss of the Homeland

Welcome to week 57 of Bidwell Lore. This week we continue to share the history of the region before the establishment of Monterey and Tyringham.  Today we discuss Mohican territory and loss of land. Mohican Territory and Loss of Homelandby Rob Hoogs The Mohican lands extended from what is now Lake Champlain south nearly to Manhattan Island and on both sides of the Mahicannituck (Hudson River), west to Schoharie...

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Bidwell Lore – Early History of the Mohicans

Welcome to week 56 of Bidwell Lore! This week we continue to introduce our new series The Plan for the City on the Hill, Township No. 1 – Tyringham and Monterey, The Original “Hinterland Settlement.” Today we will share the early history of the Mohicans in this area, before the arrival of the Colonists. The Native Americans told and...

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Bidwell Lore – Correcting Persistent Myths and Linguistic Bad Habits

Welcome to week 55 of Bidwell Lore! This week we continue to introduce our new series The Plan for the City on the Hill, Township No. 1 – Tyringham and Monterey The Original “Hinterland Settlement.”Today we will be discussing persistent myths and linguistic bad habits often perpetuated by outdated stories and history texts. Correcting Persistent Myths and Linguistic...

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Bidwell Lore – The Plan For The City On The Hill, Part I

Welcome to week 54 of Bidwell Lore! In this installment, we begin a new series titled The Plan for the City on the Hill, Township No. 1 – Tyringham and Monterey: The Original “Hinterland Settlement.” In this series, we will share with you the history of Township No. 1 and even more background about the original inhabitants...

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Bidwell Lore – The Mohicans Today

Welcome to week 52 of Bidwell Lore! It is hard to believe we have been sharing this series for a full year and the Museum could not have done it without the invaluable help of Museum Trustee Rick Wilcox.  Most of the research and writing for this series was done by Rick and we are so grateful for...

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Bidwell Lore – Dispossession of Mohican Land, Part II

Welcome to week 51 of Bidwell Lore! This week we share the second half of the story of the dispossession of the Mohican lands in Stockbridge. The Dispossession of the Mohican Land in Stockbridge – Part II Beyond Official Documents One should tread lightly when depending on official documents, such as deeds, for proof of habitation by Native peoples. There...

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Bidwell Lore – The Dispossession of the Mohican Land in Stockbridge

Welcome to week 50 of Bidwell Lore! This week we begin the story of the dispossession of the Mohicans land in Stockbridge. Wnahtukook [1]“A small council meeting in July of 1734 in a simple village along the Housatonic River in Massachusetts would affect the course and survival of a nation. The issue under consideration would demand four long...

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Bidwell Lore – Dr. Oliver Partridge and The Indian Burial Ground

Welcome to week 49 of Bidwell Lore! This week we introduce you to Dr. Oliver Partridge, a Bidwell relation through marriage who was also a friend to the Mohicans of Stockbridge. As you may remember from our Bidwell Lore installments last summer, Rev. Adonijah Bidwell and his second wife Jemima had four children. Their third child, Jemima (1765-1842),...

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Bidwell Lore – A Second Meeting House and A Mohican Burial Ground

Welcome to week 48 of Bidwell Lore! This week we finish our story about the three Meeting Houses of Stockbridge and learn about a Mohican Burial ground discovered during the building of the second Meeting House. In part 1 of this article, we discussed the strategies around the building of the first and third Meeting Houses in Stockbridge. ...