Monday, February 23, 2015

Our Next Lecture: Comparing our American Origins; April 21, 2015

We will give the 3rd in our series of lectures on Comparing Our 17th Century American Origins; Our Own Lessons in Nation Building, which focus on relevant legacies from the first seven decades that contributed to our nation building. These lectures stem from our interest in the lives of our own ancestors in early colonial times.

We are covering basic elements of our unique American culture and society that have evolved over 400+ years from their beginnings in Virginia, Massachusetts and New York, and offer a comparative overview of our origins from one of those 17th century colonies. Proceeding from our previous two lectures on Jamestown, we are exploring the events, developments and interrelationships among the three colonies during their earliest and most formative years, and what they contributed to the building of our nation.

In this program, we will discuss the four decades' history and legacies of New Netherland and New Amsterdam (which became New York). Some of what we will cover will include the links of Dutch settlers with the Pilgrims, Dutch culture and society in the New World, the settling and development of Manhattan, Dutch historical religious tolerance, civil liberties, role of women, and a historically classless society.

This lecture will be one of the Peer Presenters series at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at the University of California, San Diego at 10 AM on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Prior lectures in this series have included:

An Ancestor Comes to Jamestown (May 21, 2013): Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World and one of our American origins. We review the events, crises and accomplishments during its founding seventeen years. Archaeology is presenting us with new insights into the colony. Its attraction for our ancestors, among the earliest families to settle, was economic opportunity. Richard and Isabella Pace exemplified middle class English entrepreneurial immigrants who were the backbone of Jamestown’s establishment and its contribution to the building of our nation. 

Pocahontas and Jamestown’s Legacies (May 20, 2014): 2014 was the 400th wedding anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe (yes…not John Smith), which triggered lasting effects for the building of our nation and what we have become. She was an important historical figure in our nation’s early history; much more than the mythological caricature she has become. She and Rolfe also had long-lasting impacts on Jamestown’s development and, ultimately, its survival. We cover her role and effect as a young, short-lived woman on Jamestown’s viability and the following five decades after her life as the Paces moved up the James River.

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