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Historic Carlisle presents Native American Historic Interpretations

April 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Historic Carlisle, Inc. (HCI), a tax-exempt volunteer organization whose mission is to celebrate the long and proud history of Carlisle and its environs, announces that it will present professionally produced interpretive presentations to students of the Carlisle School District and the general public on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Melissa McCann, an honored elder of the Turtle Clan of the Onieda Indian Nation, will deliver age-appropriate interpretive presentations about the Haudenusaunee (also known as the Iroquois Confederacy) and its five Indian Nations:  Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca.  McCann’s Grandmother, an Oneida, was removed from her childhood home and was sent as a student to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.  During vacations, she spent her time with a family in Philadelphia, and completed her education at a finishing school in Cazanovia, NY.  Ms. McCann will talk about her Grandmother’s experiences, and will support her presentations about Indian legends with a raku lantern having 5 different Haudenusaunee legends depicted.

A one-hour session will be held in Todd Hall of the Cumberland County Historical Society.  The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM.  All supporters of HCI, the Cumberland County Historical Society, and the general public are encouraged to attend.  A wine and cheese social will follow the presentation, when attendees can meet the speaker. 

Earlier in the day, Ms. McCann will also make an educational presentation to 8th grade students of the Carlisle School District, in continuation of HCI’s ongoing commitment to support our local schools’ history education efforts.

These events are funded by the supporters of HCI and are free of charge to all.


Event Contact:  Doug Henschel, HCI President  610-207-8654

Historic Carlisle, Inc.



April 12, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Todd Hall
21 N. Pitt St.
Carlisle, PA 17013 United States
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