1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum and Seneca Art & Culture Center host conference

The 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum and Seneca Art & Culture Center at Ganondagan Present: Laurence Hauptman, Scholar of Seneca History and SUNY New Paltz Professor Emeritus

The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, titled “Reflections on a 50-Year Journey Through Haudenosaunee Country: Major Insights Gained on the Six Nations,” at the Seneca Art & Culture Center, Ganondagan State Historic Site, 7000 County Rd 41 (Boughton Hill Rd.), Victor, NY, 14564. Several of Prof. Hauptman’s books will be available at the Ganondagan Gift Shop.

For fifty years, Laurence M. Hauptman, SUNY Emeritus Professor Emeritus, has dedicated his academic career to writing about the history of the Six Nations, namely the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas, and Tuscaroras. He discovered key documents in archives and libraries from California to New York, Ottawa, Canada and Washington, D.C. He conducted interviews with elders who shed light on the history of these nations. In his speech, he will share insights he has learned and used in his extensive writings and expert testimony in court and before committees of the United States Congress. Dr. Hauptman was honored by the Seneca Nation of Indians, who conferred on him the name “Haiwadogêsta”, which means “interpreter” or “one who straightens or explains words”.

The Seneca Arts & Culture Center “realizes the vision of a permanent year-round interpretive facility in Ganondagan telling the story of Seneca and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) contributions to art, culture and society for over 2000 years to the present day. It is located within the Ganondagan State Historic Site, a New York State Historic Site and National Historic Landmark.

The Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Museum “preserves and interprets the 1816 Meetinghouse as a national site of conscience and a cornerstone of historic movements for equal rights, social justice and peace, including the rights of Native Americans, African- Americans and women, encouraging visitors to explore equality, justice and peace in their own lives.” Our mission has been fulfilled for more than a decade through educational and artistic programming in partnership with sister sites and venue partners, such as Wood Library.

The 1816 FQMM has been selected for a National Park Service Historic Preservation Grant, which, in combination with other grants and donations, will support the full restoration of the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse (located at 230 Sheldon Road, Farmington, NY, 14425), leading to the full realization of our mission.

This and all of their programs are free and open to the public thanks to support from Humanities New York and funds from our generous donors. Donations are welcome. Our mailing address is PO Box 25053, Farmington, NY, 14425, and our email address is [email protected]

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