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Museum of Old Newbury Spotlights Student Historians

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November 01, 2017
Museum of Old Newbury Spotlights Student Historians
Newburyport, MA – November 1, 2017: On Tuesday, November 7, the Museum of Old Newbury will host student presenters Will Friend and Sarah Moore from The Governor’s Academy for a “Student Symposium on Local History.”  The event is free and open to the public, and will showcase the talent of young scholars in crafting historical narratives with bold stances and compelling arguments.  The featured students’ papers were written for an Advanced Placement U.S. History class and were selected by the course’s instructor, Bill Quigley, as exemplary work.  The Symposium will be preceded by a reception at 6:30pm, and the presentations will begin at 7:00. 
Will Friend was drawn to the topic of his paper by a statement in his AP U.S. History textbook: “[O]therwise humane patriot leaders ignored the traditional rules of warfare when it came to Indians” (Eric Foner).  Friend’s research and analysis led him to challenge this statement in the resulting paper entitled “Clearing the Air: John Sullivan’s 1779 Campaign Against the Six Nations.” 
Friend’s paper centers around a historical controversy ignited by American revolutionary General John Sullivan’s devastating campaign (July-August 1779) against the British-allied Iroquois in the Wyoming Valley of central Pennsylvania and western New York.  In his work, Friend argues that while anti-Native American prejudices did indeed play into the conflict’s outcome, Sullivan respected his foe.  Instead, Friend finds fault with British commanders who condescended to their Iroquois allies.
At the presentation, Friend will be joined by Douglas MacLennan, a local authority on Sullivan and resident owner of the historic Sullivan homestead in Durham, NH, whom Friend met in the course of his research.
Sarah Moore’s research delves into New England’s 17th-century social framework and examines the role of religion and ethnicity in the Salem witch trials.  Moore’s paper, “Tituba and the Salem Witch Trials of 1692: Race, Religion, and Social Status in Puritan Society,” focuses on Tituba, one of the first three women accused of witchcraft in Salem and the central figure in the trials of more than 200 people and the executions of 20.  Despite her pivotal role in the trials, Tituba avoided execution.  Moore’s analysis attributes Tituba’s survival to her “outsider” status as a slave, an Indian, and a non-Christian in a society governed by fearful religious zealots.
Both Friend and Moore are seniors at The Governor’s Academy.  Will Friend is a native of Hamilton and enjoys physics, history, and ice hockey, which he plans to play in college.   Sarah Moore is from Georgetown and enjoys studio art and the humanities as well as soccer, basketball, and the sport that she intends to play in college: lacrosse.  
To make a reservation (recommended due to limited seating) for the Student Symposium on Local History or for more information, contact the Museum of Old Newbury at 978-462-2681 or email  The museum is located at 98 High Street in Newburyport.  This program is sponsored in part by the Institution for Savings.
Assistant Director
Museum of Old Newbury
98 High Street
Newburyport, MA 01950