Washington Trail Summit 2022

Butler County, Pa. – The clash of contrasting native and European cultures in the time of George Washington will be the theme at a one-day summit, on Thursday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Butler Country Club, 310 Country Club Rd, Butler. The program, developed by Washington’s Trail 1753, includes speakers, discussions, historical authors, and door prizes. The cost is $45 and includes lunch. Registrations are required by April 1 at http://www.washingtonstrail.org/.

Speakers at this year’s program include Susan Sleeper Smith, professor of history at Michigan State University and author of Indian Women of the Ohio River Valley, 1690-1792; Leon Briggs, an enrolled member of the Tonawanda Seneca, Hawk Clan, who will speak about the daily life in the 1750s among the Haudenosaunee people; historian and horticulturist Donald Pearce, who will draw comparisons between the horticultural and agricultural roles of Indigenous and European women living upon the frontier in North America; author Alan Fitzpatrick who will discuss research for his book " The White Indians” about adopted and assimilated captives who never returned to white culture; and gifted story-teller Perry Ground, a member of the Onondaga Nation, Turtle Clan, who will deliver two entertaining stories illustrating the roles and importance of women in the Iroquois Federation. In addition to these speakers, several affiliated organizations will have displays and book sales on-site throughout the Summit.

“We have an impressive lineup of speakers,” notes Martin O’Brien, president of Washington’s Trail 1753, “and are aiming for more than 100 attendees. The contrasting cultures of native peoples and Europeans shaped the area’s history, and greatly impacted George Washington.”

The summit will also report on progress installing additional Washington’s Trail blue/white directional signs in trail segments of Maryland and West Virginia.

The day-long event is sponsored by Washington’s Trail 1753, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, and the Oil Region Alliance.

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Apr 7 2022 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Butler Country Club
310 Country Club Road
Butler, PA 16002