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Friends of the Libraries Program: Prof. Andrea Smith
The Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. via Zoom for Who Decided to Commemorate the Walking Purchase and Why: 1920s Fanfare and Local Opposition, presented by Dr. Andrea Smith, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lafayette College.

The Walking Purchase of 1737 was a controversial land deal between the Pennsylvania proprietors and four Delaware (Lenape) leaders that granted the proprietors over 700,000 acres in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Delaware participants protested the transaction before, during, and after it occurred, and these protests led to official inquiries in the 1750s. This background was well-known by the early twentieth century, when historical accounts often described it as the “shameful,” “notorious,” or “controversial” Walking Purchase. Why, then, did the State of Pennsylvania develop four historical markers to this event in the 1920s? Dr. Smith will explore the cast of characters involved in this curious case of public history making, the opposition they confronted, and their motivations for staging grand public celebrations in 1925.

Apr 6, 2022 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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