Conference Program

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Main Entrance, 3260 South Street, Penn Museum, Thursday 10 November, 3:30-4:30

Optional tour of “Native American Voices” exhibit, led by curator Lucy Fowler Williams

Note: there will be a $12 admission charge for the museum, payable on site.


"Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut St, sixth floor. Penn, Thursday 10 November 5:00.

Keynote: Jean Soderlund

“Reciprocity: The Lenape Origins of Delaware Valley Peace and Freedom”

Jean Soderlund’s keynote address will be followed by a reception.


Friday, November 11, 2016

Thomas 110, Bryn Mawr College, Friday 11 November 10:00-11:15

Early Encounters

Chair: Bethany Schneider

  • Evan Haefeli, “Spiritual Affinity: Quakers and Amerindians in the Seventeenth Century”
  • Margo M. Lambert, “Pastorius and ‘[T]he so-called savages': Early Quaker Encounters with the Lenape”
  • Thomas J. Rothschild, “Spiritual and Religious Foundations of the Relationship between Quakers and Native Americans”


Thomas 110, Bryn Mawr College. Friday, 11 November 11:30-12:30

New England Neighbors

Chair: Madhavi Kale

  • Frederick Martin, “Early Quakers and Native Americans in Southeastern New England, 1656-1680”
  • Marie Balsley Taylor, “Resistance in the Woods: Rethinking the role of Algonquian-English Alliances in the Puritan-Quaker Conflict”


Dalton 300, Bryn Mawr College. Friday, 11 November 11:30-12:30


Chair: Ignacio Gallup-Diaz

  • Stephanie Gamble, “Strong Expressions of Regard: Native Diplomats and Quakers in Early Republican Philadelphia”
  • Scott M. Wert, “’Why, Sachem, do you ask that question so often?’: Native-Pennsylvania Treaties as Religious Discourse”


The Great Hall, Bryn Mawr College

Lunchtime round-table on digitized archives

Chair: John Anderies



Thomas 110, Bryn Mawr College. Friday, 11 November parallel sessions, 2:00-3:15

Quakers and American Indians in Violent Times

Chair: Casey Barrier

  • David L. Crosby, “Anthony Benezet and the Indian Struggle for Equality”
  • Ray Batchelor, “’Cast Under Our Care: Quaker Masculinity and Rhetoric about American Indians in the Age of Revolutions”
  • Katherine Scott Sturdevant, “The Inward Light Snuffed and Reignited: Quaker Heritage and the ‘Indian Problem’ in Early Colorado”


Thomas 224, Bryn Mawr College. Friday, 11 November parallel sessions, 2:00-3:15

Local Memory

Chair: Peter Magee

  • Tara Strauch, “’Of African and Indian Descent’: Quaker and Mixed Race Communities in Western Ohio, 1815-1843”
  • Mary Beth Start, “Remembering and Forgetting: Local History and the Kin of Paul Cuffe in an Upper Canadian Quaker Community”
  • Richard Sears Walling, “The Coaxen Indian Plantation and its Quaker Protectors”


Thomas 110, Bryn Mawr College. Friday, 11 November 3:30-4:45

Civilizing Quakers

Chair: Glenn Crothers

  • Lori Daggar, “’A Damned Rebellious Race’: The U.S. ‘Civilization’ Plan and Native Authority”
  • Carol Nackenoff, “Quaker Roles in Making and Implementing Federal Indian Policy: From Grant’s Peace Policy through the Dawes Act Era (1869-1934)”
  • Julian Dario Quinones, “Frank Modoc: An Analysis of Quakers and the Violence of Civilizing Efforts Through the Life of the First Full-Blooded Native American Minister of the Society of Friends”


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Unless otherwise noted, all panels and presentations will be in the Stokes Auditorium, Haverford College.

Haverford, Saturday 12 November 10:00-11:00

Peace and Memory

Chair: Matthew Dennis

  • Margaret M. Bruchac, “Remembering the Wampum Lot in Philadelphia”
  • Scott Manning Stevens, “Skä*noñh and Peace”


Haverford, Saturday 12 November parallel sessions, 11:15-12:30

The Friendly Association and Pennsylvania Politics

Chair: David Watt

  • Richard W. Pointer, “Finding Native Allies: Friendly Association Strategies for Peace in War-Torn Pennsylvania”
  • Steven C. Harper, “Friendly Association?  The Alliance of Delawares and Quakers in the 1750s”
  • Barbara Heather and Marianne Nielsen, “Quakers, North American Indians, and the Paxton Boys, 1763-1764”


The Quakers and the Seneca

Chair: Karim Tiro

  • Laurence M. Hauptman, “Philip Evan Thomas, Hicksite Friend of the Senecas, 1838-1861”
  • Ellen M. Ross, “’The Great Spirit Hears All We Now Say’: Philadelphia Quakers and the Seneca, 1798-1850”



Haverford, Saturday, 12 November 12:30-2:00

Bryn Mawr Room, Haverford College


Lunchtime Meeting of the Friends Historical Association:
Swarthmore Room, Haverford College


Exhibit at the Quaker and Special Collections of Magill Library


Haverford, Saturday, 12 November 2:15-3:30

Quaker Indian Schools

Chair: Joshua Moses

  • Thomas J. Lappas, “Tunesassa Echoes and the Temperance Struggle: A Family Tradition at Tunesassa Quaker Indian School, Allegany Reservation Across Generations”
  • Paula Palmer, “The Quaker Indian Schools, 1797-2005: What Were They Thinking?”
  • Elizabeth Thompson, “Quakers and American Indian Assimilation: Teaching American Indian School Children their Positions”


This session is sponsored by the Friends Historical Association


Haverford, Saturday, 12 November 3:45-4:45

Collective Quaker Action

Chair: Walter Sullivan

  • Nancy Webster, et al. , “Keeping our Woven Word”
  • Ruth Flower, "Quakers, Indians and Congress:  40 Years of Engagement, 1976 to 2016."


Haverford, Saturday, 12 November 5:00

Keynote: John Echohawk

“A Shared Vision for Healing”