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An illustrated lecture by author Evan Pritchard.
The discovery of a well-preserved mastodon in Hyde Park in 1999 not only made headlines, it offered a clue to the secret meaning of the original Native American name of Hyde Park, Aquanessing. “That Muddy Place Where the Mastodon Fell ln.”   The “Ah Qua” Nessing subtribe of the Wappingers left for New Paltz in 1696 where they continued to thrive almost to the Civil War, and “The Hyde Park Mastodon” eventually  headed out for Ithaca, New York, to educate children visiting the Museum of the Earth. But there is much more to this extraordinary story, including the author’s own journey to find the  lost treaty of Hyde Park.
Learn how archaeology, linguistics, colonial records, zoology, and oral tradition were combined to recreate the ancient past of Hyde Park, an exciting story that spans the millennia and touches our lives today.
Book signing to follow.
For more information contact Morgan Wright:
(845)-229-7791 x 206

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