Ashland Historical Society to host program on Native American History on Thursday

ASHLAND — David Stewart-Smith will present a free illustrated talk, "Native American History of New Hampshire: Alliance and Survival, circa 1400-1700", in the Ashland School cafeteria at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 19.

A former history professor, Stewart-Smith has been researching New Hampshire's Indian history for over thirty years. This talk will focus on the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, when the natives of northern New England faced European colonization, devastating epidemics, climate change, and intertribal warfare.

The Penacook alliance of 16 tribal and family groups was guided by the Penacook chief Passaconaway as it dealt with these challenges. The program ends with King Philip's War and its aftermath.

This free program is largely funded by the N.H. Humanities Council and is sponsored by the Ashland Historical Society, which will serve refreshments.