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Bidwell Lore – William Gregg, The Articles of Agreement, Land, and a Visit to King George

Welcome to week 40 of Bidwell Lore! This week we build on last week’s article to provide a little context and background to help you understand what led the Mohican Sachems to make the long journey to England in 1766. To better understand how Daniel Nimham partnered with three Mohican Sachems, a very short history is offered. Just prior to...

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Bidwell Lore – 1766 Mohican Wisdom on a Life Well Lived

Welcome to week 39 of Bidwell Lore! This week we share the story of a visit to London in 1766 by Stockbridge Mohican Sachems. In an article for the London Chronicle, the author, John Trusler, relates the wisdom he learned from his encounter with the Mohicans that is still very relevant over 250 years later. Mohican Wisdom on...

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Bidwell Lore – Magnificent Mohicans

Welcome to week 38 of Bidwell Lore! This week we are featuring two accounts from series a created by the Stockbridge-Munsee Community called Magnificent Mohicans, where they share the remarkable stories of their Mohican ancestors. Magnificent MohicansJohn Konkapot (c. 1690-1764/5) Pophnehonawoh, also known as John Konkapot, was a highly regarded diplomat and community leader in the Mohican Nation’s experience in “Indiantown,”...

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Bidwell Lore – The Mythology of Indiantown

Welcome to week 36 of Bidwell Lore where we discuss the Mythology of Indiantown (now Stockbridge).  We will be off next week and back with a new post on January 5th.  “History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation.” [1] “A plat of 23,040 acres of land lying...

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Bidwell Lore – Muh-he-con-neok or “People of the Waters that are never still,” Part II

Welcome to week 35 of Bidwell Lore! This week we continue our introduction to the Mohican story with Part II of our article Muh-he-con-neok or “People of the Waters that are never still.”  We will stay with this topic through early next year and it coincides with our winter lecture series, Hidden in Plain Sight: Native Peoples and the...

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Bidwell Lore – Farewell to Barnabas

Welcome to week 33 of Bidwell Lore! This week we say good-bye to Barnabas Bidwell and his fascinating life (at least for now) with a delightful guest post from local historian Bernard Drew. Searching for Barnabas Bidwell’s grave in Ontario by Bernard A. Drew Barnabas Bidwell, while simultaneously serving as Berkshire County treasurer (1791-1810) as well as...

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Bidwell Lore – Barnabas’ Time In Canada

Welcome to week 32 of Bidwell Lore! This week we begin wrapping up Barnabas’ incredible story with two pieces written by Barnabas himself. Last week we shared the shocking story of Barnabas Bidwell’s political downfall.  It was a scandalous story in its day and resulted in Barnabas moving to Kingston, Ontario, where he lived until his death...

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Bidwell Lore – Barnabas Flees to Canada

Welcome to week 31 of Bidwell Lore! This week you will learn about the dramatic downfall of Barnabas Bidwell and the end of his time in Massachusetts. As we mentioned in recent installments of Bidwell Lore, Barnabas Bidwell served as Attorney General of Massachusetts from June 15, 1807, to August 30, 1810, after having served in the...

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Bidwell Lore – Barnabas Bidwell and James Madison

Welcome to week 30 of Bidwell Lore! Today we are sharing correspondence between Barnabas and Mary along with an important letter from Barnabas to James Madison and then at the bottom, you will see an 1810 discussion with President Madison about the possibility of Barnabas Bidwell ascending to the Supreme Court. Barnabas Bidwell’s letters home to his...