Monday, January 9, 2012
While I have some great family history in the Deerfield, MA area, I have never been able to visit Historic Deerfield, but it looks like this coming April would be the time to go. I'd love to do some cemetery hunting and more research at the Smith College and Northampton Libraries, where there is a wealth of information about my family's contribution to the history of the area. My 8th great-grandfather's pregnant wife and children were captured by the Indians and the story of his recapturing his family and the birth of his daughter is very well documented - the baby was named Canada for the name of her country of birth...this all took place in central MA near Deerfield. Enough of that, the course being offered at Historic Deerfield sounds very interesting, and if nothing else, their website announcing it is very well executed. Click the title of this post to go to the website. Upon further research I see that in March there is a one day symposium on the Indian Raid of February 29, 1704 in which my 8th great-grandfather, Sgt. Benjamin Wait, was killed by the Indians. For those of you in the east, with an interest in the history of central MA or our Indian heritage especially, can go here to see about this seminar. The link to the March seminar has now been taken down, sorry!