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Americana Lecture 2020
November 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
The 2020 Hamilton Hall Americana Lecture, “Untold African American Stories,” will be presented virtually by biographer Adelaide Solomon-Jordan. Ms. Solomon-Jordan shares a special connection to Hamilton Hall, as she is a cousin of the Remond family.
About the Lecture
Ms. Solomon-Jordan will focus on three sisters in her own ancestral line: Cara, Nina Louise, and Mary Elizabeth Saunders. Through these women’s captivating life stories, she will highlight how our country was populated not only by people of African descent who came to America enslaved, but also those who freely immigrated.
The Saunders sisters emigrated from Bermuda to the US at the turn of the 20th century, and each woman married into a historically significant family. Connections to the American Revolution, abolitionism, business, education, and culture are part of their unique narratives. The three sisters’ married lives demonstrate the scope and depth of the African descent presence across the years of America’s existence.
About the Speaker
Ms. Solomon-Jordan, a Connecticut native, spent childhood summers in the Massachusetts Berkshires. She is the biographer of the lives of ordinary New Englanders of the 18th and 19th centuries. Currently residing in Western Maine, Ms. Jordan has a special interest in her maternal family which dates to the early 1700s in Western Massachusetts. She is an honorary member of the Dalton Historical Commission. Her research interest also includes her paternal ancestors of Grand Cayman, BWI.
What Does the Americana Lecture Support?
The Americana Lecture benefits the ongoing preservation of Hamilton Hall. This year, 20% of ticket sales will be donated to the Fitch-Hoose House Museum in Dalton, MA. This 1846 wood frame house is located in an area of Dalton settled by freed or escaped African Americans in the early 19th century. In honor of this year’s lecture topic and Ms. Solomon-Jordan’s connection to the Dalton Historical Commission, we are pleased to support this important piece of New England history.
This is an online event. Attendees will be emailed a link to the lecture.