The Time and the Valleys Museum will host regular New York Almanack contributor and Sullivan County Historian John Conway on Sunday, April 3rd to explore the lives of the Lenape People who lived in Sullivan County and the surrounding area before the arrival of colonial settlers.
Many archeologists believe that the Lenape, an Algonquin culture, lived along the banks of the Upper Delaware River as early as 12,000 years ago, hunting, fishing, and eventually farming, growing corn, squash and beans.
They held great council fires and annual green corn festivals along the Delaware River and celebrated the region’s natural beauty and its healing qualities. They referred to the area as Lenapehoking — “land of the Lenape.”
Ongoing clashes with Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) to the north and growing tensions with the ever-increasing number of Europeans moving into the region prompted the Lenape to move westward by about 1730. Their legacy remains most obviously in the form of local place names still in use today.
This program will begin at 2 pm and will be held both in person and virtually. Admission to the program is free for Museum members and $5 for non-members. For virtual attendance, non-members can make a donation on the Museum’s website. In person registration is not required and includes admission to the Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibitions. The program will be held at the Time and the Valleys Museum on St. Rt. 55 in Grahamsville. To register and receive a program link, email email@example.com and put Lenape Talk Zoom Link Request in the subject line, or call (845) 985-7700.
Illustration of wigwam interior provided.