The Saratoga County Historical Society, as part of their Long Room Lecture Series, will present a program entitled “Historical Fiction and Fictional History: Translating the Past in James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans” on Thursday, November 21th at 7 PM at Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa.
Elaina Frulla, of SUNY Albany will discuss how the time Cooper spent in Ballston Spa amidst the socio-political climate of the 1820s influenced his depiction of the heroes and villains of The Last of the Mohicans, which is set during the French and Indian War, 70 years earlier.
The program is free but donations are accepted. For more information on the Historical Society or the History Roundtable mission, programs and activities, visit brooksidemuseum.org or saratogacountyhistoryroundtable.com.
Illustration from the 1896 edition of The Last of the Mohicans, by F.T. Merrill. The drawing depicts Hawk-eye (disguised as a bear) fighting Magua in the cave where Alice is held captive. The cave, known as Cooper’s Cave, is located in Glens Falls.
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