Once They Were Here
On Tuesday December 3, NHTI unveiled a New Hampshire Historical Marker located at the edge of the soccer field near the main road, where it can easily be viewed by motorists entering campus. The marker commemorates the Pennacook Indians, the largest Native American tribal group in the future state of New Hampshire, who used the flat lands and bends of the Merrimack River for their central village.
The idea for this marker originated over a year ago from the NHTI Student Senate. The concept and the text for the Historical Marker were researched and composed by Prof. Stu Wallace, and approved by the State Archeologist and a representative of the Native American community in New Hampshire.
The justification for the marker is simple: The grounds of our campus had been used by Native Americans for thousands of years for tribal central village sites and agriculture. This will be one of the few state historical markers that recognizes the Native American presence in the State—aside from markers that highlight conflict between European settlers and natives (for example, the Hannah Dustin, Oyster River Massacre). Our marker will portray Native Americans as real people, not as adversaries.
NHTI President Lynn Kilchenstein (left) and Student Senate President Megan Spiltoir applaud the unveiling of the new marker.
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