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

Westfield State University will host a Westfield Wednesdays 350th Anniversary Historical Lecture Series event titled “When Two Worlds Meet: Native Americans of Western MA,” in Scanlon Banquet Hall on February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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

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