Join the Fort Pitt Museum for a seminar commemorating the 245th anniversary of Lord Dunmore’s War, which will feature noted authors along with guests from the Shawnee Tribe.
In 1774, American Indians and white settlers battled in the Virginia back country and Ohio River Valley in a conflict known as Lord Dunmore’s War. It is a largely unknown moment in history because it took place on the eve of the American Revolution.
Pre-registration is encouraged. Online registration will close at the end of business on Monday, March 18. Any remaining registrations will be available for purchase on the day of the program on a first come, first served basis at the admissions desk.
For more information, please contact Kathleen Lugarich at email@example.com or 412-454-8418.
Dunmore’s War Seminar Schedule
This will be an all-day seminar that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner for registered attendees. Dinner will include a conversation with the invited speakers in a round-table discussion format.
Each presentation will be followed by Q&A.
Full schedule to be announced.
Lord Dunmore and the Promised Land: The Fraught Role of Western Land Grants in British Imperial Expansion – James Corbett David
The presentation will focus on the life of John Murray, fourth earl of Dunmore, and highlight the central but ultimately fraught role that land grants played in British imperial expansion.
“In Cold Blood and Unprovoked” The Yellow Creek Massacre – Alan Gutchess
In the spring of 1774, several of the friends and relatives of the Mingo leader Logan were murdered by white frontier malcontents. These murders broke the final straw of the fragile, decade long peace in the Ohio Country. This presentation will examine the murders, the victims, the perpetrators, and the myths that have grown up around them.
Lady Charlotte Murray: Not Your Typical Countess – Mary Miley Theobald
The Countess of Dunmore was a master at manipulating the political system during an era when a titled woman could realize her ambitions only through her husband’s status and her children’s marriages. It was she who plotted her husband’s rise by arranging his appointments to the governorships of New York and Virginia. It was she who had the wit and charm to further his career. Later, she became embroiled in a royal scandal when her daughter entered into an illegal marriage – twice – with King George III’s son, Prince Augustus. Fireworks ensued.
“You May be Sure The Wasps And Yellowjackets Will Sting You Severely” – Jeremy Turner
Turner will examine the role the 1768 Treaty of Fort Stanwix played in inciting the Shawnee against American encroachment into their hunting grounds of Kentucky. He will also discuss the actiosn such as the ambush and killing of the Shawnee, who had escorted the Traders back to Fort Pitt, as well as the attack on the Shawnee Headmen returning from a conference at Fort Pitt played in compelling the Shawnee Nation to participate in Lord Dunmore’s War. Finally, Turner will discuss the Shawnee’s action at the Battle of Point Pleasant.
James Corbett David is the author of “Dunmore’s New World: The Extraordinary Life of a Royal Governor in Revolutionary America—with Jacobites, Counterfeiters, Land Schemes, Shipwrecks, Scalping, Indian Politics, Runaway Slaves, and Two Illegal Royal Weddings” (University of Virginia Press, 2013). He has received numerous awards and fellowships in the course of his research, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library of Colonial Williamsburg, the International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the David Library of the American Revolution. He received a Ph.D. in History from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. magna cum laude from Boston College. He is currently a managing Director at Hamilton Place Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm in Washington D.C., where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Alan Gutchess is the Director of the Fort Pitt Museum. For over twenty five years he has studied and documented the life of the Mingo Indian leader known as Logan, and particularly the controversy over the authenticity of “Logan’s Lament.” Prior to coming to Fort Pitt, Alan had worked at the Museum of the American Revolution, Sauder Village, and Colonial Williamsburg, as well as acting as a consultant to numerous historical documentaries and other museums. Mr. Gutchess is also widely recognized for his knowledge of the weapons of the 18th American backcountry and other aspects of frontier and colonial material culture.
Mary Miley Theobald is a historian and freelance writer. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the College of William and Mary and taught American history at Virginia Commonwealth University for 13 years. She has written 12 nonfiction books, three historic novels, and 200 articles for a variety of magazines and newspapers, most regularly for Colonial Williamsburg.
Jeremy Turner is an enrolled member of the Shawnee Tribe, one of only three Federally Recognized Shawnee Tribes that are comprised of the descendants of the historic Shawnee People. He is also a descendant of the Wyandotte and Seneca-Cayuga Nations, all of whose Tribal headquarters are located in Northeastern Oklahoma due to the Federal Indian Removal Acts of the 1830s. The Seneca-Cayuga Nation is composed of the descendants of the historic groups known as the Mingo and Mixed Band of Seneca/Shawnee. All of these Tribes called the Ohio Valley Country home in the 18th century. He is a member of the Deer Clan and is active in all three of his communities’ Ceremonial Grounds in Oklahoma, along with being one of the seated speakers of the Wandat Springs longhouse located in Wyandotte, OK. He lives in Indiana with his wife, Shannon (a member of the Navajo Nation), and their daughter and three sons. He is a career firefighter in Indianapolis and spends his free time attending cultural events, hunting, trapping, gardening, and taking care of a small hobby farm that he and Shannon live on. Jeremy has spent the last 15 years intensively researching white captive narratives from the 18th century of his three communities. Through that research he has gained a better understanding of how European surnames have come into use in many families in those three communities.