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American Indians in Hopewell: A Census Puzzle Solved

  • The Hopewell Museum 28 East Broad Street Hopewell, NJ USA (map)

Presented by Larry Kidder at the Hopewell Museum. While doing research in the 1900 and 1910 Hopewell census records, local historian Larry Kidder noticed a number of young Indian men from a number of tribes all over the country working as hired labor on Hopewell farms. His curiosity aroused, he did some investigation and learned they were students from the Carlisle Pennsylvania Indian School participating in an “outing” system. In this illustrated talk, he will look at why Carlisle sent young men to Hopewell farms and how the individuals sent on “outings” spent their time here and often built relationships with the Hopewell farm families throughout the township that had asked to employ them. The talk will include images of some of the students sent to Hopewell, in addition to some of the places they occupied. This is part of the complex history of White/Indian relationships in our nation’s history and this little known role of Hopewell Township in it. Sponsored by Hopewell Valley Historical Society.

Earlier Event: May 24
Wampum Bracelet Making