Conestoga Massacre and Paxton Boys Conference

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The “Paxton Boys” and the Conestoga Massacre: 250 Years Later
13-14 December 2013
Lancaster, PA

December 14, 2013 will mark the 250th anniversary of the Conestoga Massacre, a horrific landmark in the history of Pennsylvania and colonial North America. In lieu of a Friday Seminar, the McNeil Center will travel to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the anniversary with a two-day mini-conference entitled “The ‘Paxton Boys’ and the Conestoga Massacre: 250 Years Later.”

The conference, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13 and conclude at 4:00 p.m on Saturday, December 14, will feature a combination of public programs and scholarly reconsiderations. Papers for two of the sessions will be precirculated. Among the presenters will  be John Smolenski, Angel-Luke O’Donnell, Judith Ridner, Jack Brubaker,  Daniel Richter, Peter Silver, Richard MacMaster, Scott Paul Gordon, John Fea, Barry Levy, and Leslie Stainton. Members of Circle Legacy Center, an American Indian advocacy organization, will also be an important  contributor to the proceedings. Sessions will be held at the Hans Herr House Museum,, and the Ware Center of Millersville University. All are free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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