Mashantucket Pequot Museum Library and Archives Blog

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Books and Authors

October is a time to fall back into reading! We have two authors visiting the Museum this month which is great for all of us who love to read and who enjoy meeting authors.

On Saturday, October 11, Major Jason Warren lectures about his book, Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676. Why and how did the Connecticut colony survive King Philip's War without heavy involvement in the fighting? Dr. Warren lectures at 1:30 pm in the Auditorium. You don't have to pay admission to the Museum for the lecture, which has costs $10, but you might want to because there is a 17th century encampment happening that day on the Farmstead. Call (800) 411-9671 or email to register.

The second author is Gerald Vizenor (White Earth Nation of the Anishinaabeg). He is an award winning well-known and respected writer who is professor emeritus of American Studies at Berkeley. His newest historical novel, Blue Ravens, was published this year by Wesleyan Press which is sponsoring his visit here.
"Aloysius Hudon Beaulieu created marvelous blue ravens that stormy summer." That's the first sentence of the story of two brothers who live on, and then leave, the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. From 1907, when they are twelve to 1924 when they are living in Paris, after serving in France during World War I, they travel far from their home but remain visionary painters and storiers. Come to the Research Library on Oct. 18, 1:30-3 pm. FREE.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gerald Vizenor

We are pleased that Gerald Vizenor (White Earth Nation of the Anishinaabeg) is visiting the Research Library on Saturday, October 18, 2014. He reads from, and talks about, his new novel, Blue Ravens, recently published by Wesleyan University Press which is supporting, in part, his visit here.

Join us to hear from one of the most well-known and respected Native writers of our time. 

1:30-3 pm in the Research Library. FREE! Call 860-396-6897 or email for more information.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dawnland Voices

Dawnland Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Writing from New England. Siobhan Senier, editor. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska, 2014.

Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Abenaki, Nipmuc, Wampanoag, Narragansett, Mohegan, and Schaghticoke voices, past and present, are collected in this hefty paperback. We turned first to the Schaghticoke section to read the essays by Trudie Lamb Richmond, former director of Public Programming here at the Museum, and who is, in the words of a colleague, “a living legend.” The writings gathered together here highlight the rich literary traditions of Native New England.  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Major Jason W. Warren

What was Connecticut's role in King Philip's War? Why did the colony remain unscathed when many towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts were destroyed? Find out the answers on October 11, 2014, when Major Jason W. Warren visits the Research Library. Major Warren lectures at 1:30 pm and signs books afterwards. Buy a copy of the compelling book at the Gift Shop!

$10 for the lecture; Museum admission is not required. Please call (800) 411-9671 or email to register.

Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675–1676

Volume 45 in the Campaigns and Commanders Series published by the University of Oklahoma Press, 2014.

Major Jason W. Warren, U.S. Army, received his doctorate in history from Ohio State University and served as an Assistant Professor of history at West Point. He is a strategist at the Army War College. Major Warren conducted research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center about the participation of Pequot and Mohegan forces in King Philip's War.

Book cover and photo courtesy of the University of Oklahoma Press.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

American Indian Youth Literature Award Ceremony

On June 29, the American Indian Library Association hosted the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award ceremony at ALA in Las Vegas. The audience cheered the winners and laughed with multiple award-winning author Tim Tingle, whose key note speech was filled with humor and emotion. 

Click here to go to Tu Books site with more photos of the ceremony. Tu Books, an Imprint of Lee and Low Books, published the Young Adult award winning book, Killer of Enemies, by Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676

Saturday, Oct. 11, 1:30-4:30 pm
Meet the Author: Major Jason Warren

Learn about King Philip’s War through a modern military lens in this intriguing presentation by U.S. Army Major (Dr.) Jason Warren about his book, Connecticut Unscathed: Victory in the Great Narragansett War, 1675-1676. King Philip’s War, one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history, saw many towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts destroyed, while Connecticut remained unscathed. The book refocuses Connecticut’s role in the war and discusses how the colony achieved success by establishing a policy of moderation towards the Native groups living within its borders. Major Warren lectures at 1:30, and signs books, 2:30-4:30, in the Research Library. $10 for lecture; Museum admission is not required. To register, call (800) 411-9671 or email by Oct. 9.

Gerald Vizenor

Gerald Vizenor
Saturday, October 18, 2014
1:30-3 pm
In the Research Library

Gerald Vizenor, prolific novelist, poet, literary critic, and citizen of the White Earth Nation of the Anishinaabeg in Minnesota, reads from and signs copies of his new novel, Blue Ravens. Vizenor retells his uncles’ stories of growing up on the White Earth Reservation, where their family was known for operating tribal newspapers. He follows their saga as soldiers, fighting on the battlefields of Château-Thierry, MontbrĂ©hain, and Bois de Fays, during WWI. After their service, his uncles return to the White Earth Reservation, only to find that they are captives in their own land. Eventually, they leave again, going to Paris to pursue their creative dreams. 
Gerald Vizenor in Paris
Gerald Vizenor is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His novel Griever: An American Monkey King in China, won the American Book Award and the New York Fiction Collective Award. He was the primary author of the White Earth Nation's newly ratified constitution. Mr. Vizenor's appearance at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum is supported in part by the Wesleyan University Press, publisher of Blue Ravens.