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The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania

September 20, 2023, 7:00pm to 8:30pm - Peggy Bancroft Hall

The Lenape are the Indigenous people of Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New York, New Jersey, and Northern Delaware. The Munsee group lived along the Upper Delaware River and their ancestral lands included the Pocono Mountains. Adam DePaul will discuss the lives, social structure, and culture of the Lenape. He will provide a more in-depth overview of the history of the Lenape people and enlighten us about their enduring presence in Pennsylvania. He will discuss their pathway to state recognition and talk about how conservation and environmental stewardship continues to play a role in the Lenape culture. He’ll also touch upon their contemporary environmental initiatives, including their annual Rising Nation River Journey.

Adam Waterbear DePaul, originally from the Poconos, is a member of the Tribal Council of the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania, where he also holds the position of Storykeeper. He co-curates the Lenape Cultural Center in Easton and is the coordinator of their annual Rising Nation River Journey. Adam is a PhD candidate and instructor at Temple University where he is the co-founder and President of Native American and Indigenous Studies.

The Lenape Nation of PA represents the Lenape people who remained in Pennsylvania. The group is active in reviving their language and traditions, and in encouraging partnerships among people and organizations in order to foster cultural, historical, and environmental education and preservation.

This is the first in a series of seven talks presented as part of in the Historical Society’s annual Local History Lecture Series. Light refreshments will follow the talk.

The presentation is sponsored by our Business Partner, Wallenpaupack Floral & Gifts