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Westfield State hosts “When Two Worlds Meet: Native Americans of Western MA”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2019
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

“Westfield Wednesdays” lecture series commemorates the City’s 350th anniversary

Westfield – Westfield State University will host a Westfield Wednesdays 350th Anniversary Historical Lecture Series event titled “When Two Worlds Meet: Native Americans of Western MA,” on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.on Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall, 577 Western Ave., Westfield.

The event will be presented by Gail White Usher, education coordinator at Roseland Cottage and Arnold House, both of which are maintained by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage foundation in the United States.

The lecture will focus on what daily life was like for the Native American inhabitants of Westfield; the Woronack, Pocumtuck, and various Eastern Woodlands tribes before, during, and after European populations settled in the area. In addition, it will highlight how the tribes retained their cultural identities from 1620 through 1750.

The event is free and open to the public. For a list of the “Westfield Wednesdays” lecture series, visit

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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