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Bidwell Lore – The Mohican Nation and Removals Westward

Welcome to week 58 of Bidwell Lore. This week we continue to share the history of the region before the establishment of Monterey and Tyringham.  Today we discuss how the arrival of the colonists in this area changed Mohican life forever. The Mohican Nation and Removals Westwardby Rob Hoogs Wars Between England and FranceIn the 1700-early 1800s, European countries battled...

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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 – 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 – Magnificent Mohicans Part IV: John Waunnacon Quinney and Mary Peters Doxtator

Welcome to week 44 of Bidwell Lore! This week we share stories of two more Magnificent Mohicans, John Waunnacon Quinney and Mary Peters Doxtator, courtesy once again of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community.  John Waunnacon Quinney was born in 1797 in New Stockbridge, New York. The son of Joseph Quinney, John was destined to make a difference for his people and...

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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 – Indian Town’s Mohican Burying Ground

Happy New Year and welcome to week 37 of Bidwell Lore! This week we will be sharing the story of the Mohican burying ground in Indian Town (now Stockbridge). “A plat of 23,040 acres of land lying on both sides of the Housatonnuck river being A Grant made by the Great. Gen’l Court or Assembly of the Province of...

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