MARCH 18, 2021

A giant in the history of early Eastham (from today’s Truro to Chatham), for 45 years,
1672 - 1717, he led both the English who were migrating in, and, having learned the local language, the Nauset who were becoming Christian (“praying Indians”).    

10:00 am  
Panel Presentation
Life of Samuel Treat: ”Ye Pious & Faithful Pastor of This Church”
A zoom event;  More information and register here

-  Bob Seay, WGBH journalist         
- Patty Donohoe, Eastham Historical Society
- Tom Ryan, Eastham 400            
- Ron Petersen Orleans Historical Commission

11:30 am - 2:30 pm    Reminders of Treat: visits to outdoor sites 
                                    Info and map, click here 

-  Cove Burying Ground: Treat stone, era art, scale model of meetinghouse 
-  EHS’ Ranlett Tool Museum: portal posts of Treat’s meetinghouse
-  CCNS Fort Hill: “T” boundary stone & Treat home site 
-  CCNS Skiff Hill: Sharpening Rock 
-  Orleans: Federated Church    
-  Wellfleet: Burying Ground; site of 1ST meeting house 

3:00 pm          A zoom lecture
Dr. David Silverman

“When Things Fall Apart: Samuel Treat, the Wampanoags, and the Place of Christian Indians in Colonial New England”

More information and register here 
The Wampanoag of the Cape & Islands and their missionaries struggled to define the place of Christian Indians in the new colonial order – amid a colonial society hostile to both of their visions.


The Sunset Series commenced with the ringing of a bell 15 minutes before sunset and continued with daily 10-minute presentations of Eastham’s history for 99 evenings from June 1st - Sept. 7th.

The December 8, 2020 Compilation Video, the Campfire Series and the entire Sunser Series are
 available on our Eastham 400 YouTube channel.

photo: Andrea Daniels

Image: Samuel de Champlain's 1605 Malle Barre (Modern Nauset Harbor, Eastham, MA) courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Samuel de Champlain's 1605 Malle Barre (Modern Nauset Harbor, Eastham, MA) courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

    Read Dr. Ian Saxine’s narrative
    “The Story of the First Encounter at Nauset.”
    Short, bilingual edition (Portuguese) here.

    Copies are available to borrow at the library and digitally  
    on Overdrive.  Limited print copies available.

    View the video of Dr. Saxine's October 2019
    presentation at Salt Pond Visitors Center.


   View Dr. Kathleen Bradgon's October
    presentation of  "Encounters before the First Encounter" 


Our Story 400 Years of Wampanoag History A Virtual Tour"Our" Story exhibit link.

Peters' virtual talks on the "Our" Story exhibit, "A Nation's Founding from an Indigenous Perspective"  and "The National Day of Mourning"  are both available under Event Videos.

Part of the Eastham 400  Commemoration.


HISTORICAL NARRATIVES ~ A Discussion with Ian Saxine, Paula Peters, & Mindy Todd, on WCAI's The Point, December 1st, 2020:
Saxine's book, The Story of the "First Encounter" at Nauset is available in CLAMS, to download, or call the library @508-240-5950 for a free copy.

SPIRIT RUN ~ Mindy Todd, of WCAI's The Point, interviews author Noé Álvarez, on November 19, 2020:
They discuss his new book is "Spirit Run: a 6,000 Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land," also availalble in CLAMS. Part of the Eastham 400 commemmoration.
Thirteen Moons Slide Show
Thirteen Moons: a Meditation on Indigenous Life, is published as a 2020 calendar and includes artwork, poetry, and essays. It can be read as a coffee table book.  Flyer

A recording of the December 21st virtual program is available under Event Videos.

Exhibit link
 by Red Hawk and Wakby Singer
Essays & additional info


First Encounters Before the First Encounter

A talk by Dr. Kathleen Bragdon, author of "Native People of Southern New England, 1500-1650."

  First Encounters Before The First Encounter from
  Town of Eastham on Vimeo.

  Presentation originally given September 15, 2019 at the    
  Salt Pond Visitor's Center in Eastham.



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