New Insights into Indigenous and Enslaved People in Colonial Portland

Tate House Museum Presents

“New Insights into Indigenous and Enslaved People in Colonial Portland”

November 16, 5:30pm via Zoom

Holly K. Hurd, Executive Director, and Laura F. Sprague, Consulting Curator, both of the Tate House Museum, will highlight new research about colonial Portland and perspectives on Indigenous and enslaved people to expand the interpretation of the historic Tate House. The lecture will be moderated by Dr. Aimee Keithan, Research Associate at the University of York and THM board Vice-Chairperson.

The colonial narrative shared with visitors to the Tate House in the Stroudwater neighborhood of Portland has focused primarily on the lives of a wealthy merchant class family, George and Mary Tate, who built the house in 1755 and lived there through the 18th century. With support from a Maine Humanities Council grant, Tate House Museum has been working to expand our narrative to include the life and work of a possible enslaved woman and perspectives and representations of Indigenous people who were important players in the colonial landscape.

The lecture will include research about Col. Thomas Westbrook and his partner Samuel Waldo, and describe how their actions affected Native people as well as what we know and don’t know about enslaved people and/or domestic servants living in Stroudwater. Tate House Museum’s objective is to engage in the important community conversations around Maine’s colonial history with the goal of making our educational offerings more inclusive and telling a more complete story.

This is a free event, but donations are greatly appreciated. Zoom link provided through Eventbrite confirmation.

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Nov 16 2022


5:30 pm


Tate House Museum
Stroudwater, Portland

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