The Fort Pitt Museum expands upon its speaker series by featuring a seminar focused on the women that helped shape history.
Visitors are invited to register for this all-day seminar to learn about women in the 18th century. Past topics have included traditional Wyandotte and Shawnee women roles, tattoos and body modification, and camp followers.
Additional speakers and schedule will be announced.
Online registration will close at the end of business on Friday, July 28. Any remaining tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis at the front desk.
Speakers & Schedule
The Fort Pitt Museum will open early for the seminar at 9:30 a.m.
Martha Washington: An American Life, Dr. Patricia Brady – 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Martha Washington has usually been overlooked by historians, lost in the shadow of the amazing George Washington. But she herself was strong, resourceful, and essential to the success of her husband. She was at his side and on his side throughout the Revolution and two terms as President.
Patricia Brady has written extensively about American women, including such books as Nelly Custis Lewis’s Housekeeping Book, biographies of Martha Washington and Rachel Jackson, and numerous articles about New Orleans women. Her doctorate is from Tulane, and she lives in New Orleans.
Lenape Indian Women, Dr. Nicky Michael – 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Dr. Michael’s presentation will explain the transition of Lenape Indian women’s roles from the 18th century through the modern day and how those roles assisted in the repeated removals into Indian Territory.
Nicky Kay Michael, PhD is a Visiting Professor at the University of Wyoming where she teaches Native American, Women, and History courses. She is also a Tribal Council member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Her PhD is in History from the University of Oklahoma, MA is in History from Oklahoma State University and her BA is in American Studies and Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University. Dr. Michael has been a life-long advocate for her Lenape people, their language and culture. Additionally, she is an activist. She organizes and advocates on behalf of the Indian Child Welfare Act, Murdered and Missing Indigenous women and girls, as well as assists tribal members who seek to make changes in their local and national communities.
Reshaping Our Future: Haudenosaunee Pottery, Natasha Smoke Santiago – 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Natasha Smoke Santiago was born in Rochester, NY and brought up in the traditions of the Longhouse by a close knit extended family. Her grandparents were part of a Mohawk diaspora from Akwesasne, Oshweken and other parts of Iroquoia who found work in Rochester and established family there. The traditional void was filled by local cultural programming and frequent journeys to nearby Tonawanda and Onondaga. Her artistic talent blossomed early and was encouraged by family members, some of whom were also artisans. In her early teens she returned to Akwesasne, her grandfather’s homeland, joining a wave of lost children returning to the Homeland.
In Akwesasne, her talent burst into a flame, which carries her to this day. She works in many mediums, chronicling traditional Haudenosaunee culture, contemporary life, the miracle of pregnancy and the beauty of the natural world. Her art sustains her spiritually, emotionally, and financially as she builds for the future with her husband and children.
Natasha is one of a handful of artists, historians and living history enthusiasts attempting to resurrect and further elevate the Iroquoian style of pottery. She attempts to live sustainably on a small farm she works with her family. She regularly volunteers in her community of Akwesasne, and works with a group of farmers, teachers and artists.