In its initial offering of 2019, the Delaware County Historical Society will offer a look into the history of American-Native American relations.
Starting at 7 PM on Thurdsay, January 17, the presentation will be made by Stacey Halfmoon, Director of American Indian Relations with the Ohio History Connection.
Prior to that presentation, an introduction will be made by Karen Hildebrand, who will also announce a new school program, “Early Settlers and the American Indians in Delaware County, Ohio,“ being developed by the Delaware County Historical Society Curriculum Support Committee with Ms. Halfmoon as consultant. This new program will be made available for 4th, 5th ,7th and 8th grade classes in Delaware County schools.
The introduction will also include a short sketch by Brent Carson and Jim Siler about Pluggy’s Town.
In her presentation, Halfmoon will discuss American Indians in Ohio and the relationships the federally-recognized tribes have to the history of Ohio. Included will be a discussion of the initial contact between the European settlers and the American Indians and the subsequent removal of the indigenous peoples from the Eastern United States. She will share information about the tribal governments today and how Ohio History Connection is working with them and why.
In 2016, Stacey Halfmoon became the first Director of American Indian Relations at the Ohio History Connection. She said “The American Indian history and the American Indian heritage in Ohio is tremendous”
As Director she has established a Tribal Nations Conference, is developing an American Indian Policy Framework for Ohio as well as advising on the repatriation of American Indian remains which have been found in Ohio.
Halfmoon has spoken to the federal employees and military personnel at a Defense Supply Center Columbus program and has been profiled in Columbus Monthly Magazine.
The Ohio History Connection has a network of more than 50 sites and museums throughout Ohio. Many of these sites have ties to American Indians. You can see the list and find out more about them at https://www.ohiohistory.org/learn/american-indian-relations/american-indian-site
This Program will be held at William Street Methodist Church, 28 West William Street in Delaware. Please enter through the main entrance located in Parking Lot #6 on Franklin Street. Elevator is available.
Photo: Wyandot Mission Church in nearby Upper Sandusky