2018 Annual Summit:
The Many Voices of the Trail
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM
Place: Hilton Garden Inn, Cranberry Township,
Butler County, PA
Cost: $30 | $25 for WT1753 Members
Registration includes a full day of presentations by renowned speakers, lunch, a National Park Service exhibit on furs pelts, updates on Washington's Trail 1753 and links with George Washington's Mount Vernon, door prize drawings and more! You won't want to miss this. Register today!!
Summit sponsored by:
Dr. Michael Oberg, Distinguished Professor in History at SUNY-Geneseo will speak on Washington's career in Indian policy including his early experiences, his understanding of the frontier as a challenge of governance, and what he hoped to achieve during his presidency and why he failed. Dr. Oberg has written about Washington's Indian policies in his textbook, Native America: A History, (2nd ed., Wiley Blackwell, 2017) and in his book Peacemakers: The Six Nations of the Iroquois, the United States, and the Treaty of Canandaigua, 1794, (Oxford, 2015).
Dr. Joe Stahlman, Member of the Tuscarora Nation from Susquehanna Valley.
David George-Shongo, Executive Director, Seneca-Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca, NY.
Perry Ground, Traditional Storyteller and Cultural Educator, will give a presentation filled with traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) stories that have been told for hundreds of years. These stories teach about the beliefs, customs and history of the Haudenosaunee people. Storyteller Perry Ground will bring the stories to life through vivid descriptions, his rhythmic voice and an active stage presence. Discussion about the Haudenosaunee culture and the art of storytelling will be included in this program. Students, young and old, will find this presentation captivating, highly entertaining yet very educational.
Matt Briney, VP of New Media Development at George Washington's Mount Vernon.
Special guest appearances by Welthetowaco (Tom Vecchio) and George Washington (Jason Cherry).
2018 Events along
Annual Cherry Pie Hike
Held annually in late February at Jennings Environmental Education Center, Slippery Rock, visitors can choose from several hikes and walks with circa 1753 re-enactors and State Park staff.. A $2 donation is requested and reservations are required. Cherry Pie is served!!!! Hikers will meet reenactors portraying Washington and his guide Christopher Gist, as well as Native Americans the two encountered. Echoing through woods that morning will be the reenactment of the gunshot that could have ended Washington's life when he was just 21. The annual commemoration is sponsored by the Butler Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, Washington’s Trail 1753, Historic Harmony, Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, and Jennings Environmental Education Center.