The MHC History Department invites you to attend a field trip!
We'll be heading to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Museum, one of the premier Native American museums in North America, located in eastern Connecticut. The trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2013, and we invite History majors as well as students enrolled in History classes to come along. If you plan to attend, please confirm as soon as possible by adding your name to the Doodle poll linked to in this message below.
The Museum is situated on tribal lands of the Mashantucket Pequots, an Eastern Woodland tribe that has lived in the area for millennia. In the 1630s the Pequots suffered major losses during warfare with English settlers; over the intervening centuries, they have persisted in New England, and undergone a major resurgence in the late 20th century. The Museum offers a wide range of activities, tours, films, and exhibits focused on the histories and cultures of indigenous peoples in North America, and their interactions with Europeans, Americans, and Africans. For students interested in public history, material culture, museum studies, archaeology, and other fields, it is a magnificent site as well. More information about the Museum can be found here.
The Museum is accessible to all visitors. Please let us know in advance if there are any particular accommodations you might need.
The History Department will be arranging for bus transportation, lunch, and admission to the Museum--you don't have to pay anything to attend. The bus will leave Mount Holyoke at 8 a.m., and get everyone back to campus by 5 p.m. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, as we may do some outdoor exploring. Because space on the bus is limited and the History department is assuming the cost, we ask that you be certain of your commitment to attend. (If you sign up beforehand but then don't come, we would ask you to reimburse the Department $20.)
We hope you will join us for a chance to explore historic grounds, learn more about your fellow history enthusiasts, and participate in a conversation about the contemporary power of the past.