December 7th from 6pm to 9pm & December 8th from 10am to 5pm
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A play about the Underground Railroad
Underground railroad by B.F. Dorsey. Dorsey, B. F., (Benjamin F.) 1898
Nathan M. Thomas helped establish the first anti-slavery newspaper in Michigan and was an active participant on the Underground Railroad. It is estimated that Thomas helped as many as 1,500 escaped slaves obtain freedom in Canada. In 1845, Thomas also unsuccessfully campaigned to become Michigan’s lieutenant governor.
Here’s what we know:
Birth: Mar. 28, 1793
Death: Dec. 10, 1864
Indian Agent. Explorer. Author. He was involved with the Native Americans of the Midwest for over thirty years. While working with the Chippewa, he was the first to discover and report the true source of the Mississippi River. It is believe that he was the first non-Native American to visit Lake Itasca while looking for the river’s source. Almost three hundred acres in the area is known today as the Schoolcraft State Park. He wrote many books and reports about the Native Americans, including “Indian Tribes of North America” and “Personal Memories of Thirty Years with the Indian Tribes.”
This text was in print over 170 years ago. It has a connection to Schoolcraft and Soul 8080791. I don’t recommend reading this before bed, or at all if you are squeamish.
The idea of the vampyre, among the Iroquois, I first noticed, although it is but half developed, in Cusick, who in his historical tract, relates the incident of a man and his wife, and another person, taking shelter for the night, in a structure called the house of the dead. This scene is laid in the Oneida canton. After the light was extinguished, and they sought repose, a noise as if a person gnawing was heard. The husband got up and rekindled the fire, and found that the flesh of one of the dead persons had been eaten by a ghost. This is Tuscarora authority. To test the superstition, I made inquiries on the subject, in some of the other cantons. There was found to be a popular belief in the idea of certain carnivorous ghosts, who eat the dead, among the Senecas, and it may be found to exist among the other tribes. It was still doubtful whether living persons were attached, and if so, by sucking their blood in nocturnal visits. A well informed Seneca stated to me, that his people had numerous stories on this general head. He related one, in which a hunter and his wife, being belated and pushed by stress of weather, took shelter in a dead house. (This dead house appears to have been an ancient custom.) Having gone to repose, the wife was alarmed by sound, resembling drinking and mastication, as if proceeding from some invisible source, very near her. She stirred the embers, and found the blood of her husband streaming over the ground. He was dead. He had been imperceptibly devoured in part, by a vampyre. She fled, but soon heard behind her, the war whoop of the ghost. The chase, the arts she resorted to, and her final escape, by entering a hollow log, and her deliverance thence, are minutely detailed. The approach of daylight, and the symbolical character of the ghost’s war club, saved her. But the incidents are of no particular interest here, except as serving to show the existence of this ancient superstition of the human mind.
Their belief on the subject is, that ghosts gorge themselves on the blood and flesh of both dead and living bodies, if the latter be asleep. Whether this is the disposition of all ghosts, or the power and propensity be confined to those of particular persons, who have been cannibals in life, or have otherwise come under the condemnation of public feeling is not known. It is believed, that such doomed spirits creep into the lodges of men at night, and during sleep suck their blood, and eat their flesh. They are invisible. Farther inquiries on this subject are required. Heretofore, we have heard much of witchcraft and necromancy among the North American Indians. The belief in these, appears to be universal. I know not a tribe, east or west of the Alleghanies, where it is not, or was not, formerly common. Tranformations and the doctrine of metempsychosis, are equally common. But hitherto, the horrid idea of the vampyre has not been noticed. It is a Greek idea, and contrary to the general traits of the Indian mind, and not of an Asiatic cast.
The nations of Europe, who are most under the influence of this belief, in modern days, appear to be the Russians, Servians, Lithuanians, and modern Greeks. Have we then, an element in the Iroquois tribes, which we are to search for among the nations who anciently bordered on the Mediterranean? This favors the early and oft-repeated idea of a Phoenician element of population in the early constituents of our western hemisphere. If there be such an element, in the history of the past, it must, like all foreign intrusions of the kind, soon have gone down by amalgamation. Yet, if there be any tribe, in the whole ample range of America, who have manifested traits of Grecian firmness and association, it is the Iroquois.
Would you like to help this worthy cause and get customers in the door at the same time?
Consider becoming a sponsor of our historical guided cemetery tours
• You will be included on print and online materials for this event and in the videos
• You will receive a unique coupon code for discounted tickets to share with your clients or customers
• You will receive a fact sheet on your sponsored soul*
*There will also be a guess the soul contest. We are accepting prize donations for this contest. You do not need to sponsor in order to participate, and you will receive acknowledgment of your donation.
Proceeds to benefit:
Schoolcraft Community Library
Schoolcraft Ladies Library
Schoolcraft Historical Society
Contact me (Deb Christiansen) below if you are interested in our fun event.
Digital Michigan Newspapers. For nearly 50 years, the Clarke Historical Library has been actively preserving Michigan’s historic newspapers through microfilm. Over the last decade, it has begun to convert the treasure trove of historical newspapers found on microfilm both here and around the state into digital formats that can be accessed on-line. Thousands of pages of local newspapers recording Michigan history as it happened are found here. This collection contains 25,141 issues comprising 254,057 pages.
Additional newspapers digitized by the Clarke are available via Chonicling America, a database maintained by the Library of Congress. For a listing of all digital newspapers available throughout the state of Michigan, visit the Clarke’s Michigan Digital Newspaper Portal. The Library of Michigan has developed a resource that traces the connections between newspapers within in a city, which can be viewed via the Michigan Newspaper Family Histories website. For more information about microfilming and digitizing services provided by Clarke Historical Library, click here.
This collection contains 25,141 issues comprising 254,057 pages.