Online Lecture: Colin G. Calloway on The Small Pox Epidemic of 1779-1784, New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, Feb. 3, 12-1

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An Invitation from the Friends of History
New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors
Online First Wednesday Lecture 

The Smallpox Epidemic of 1779-1784
Colin G. Calloway
John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and
Professor of Native American Studies

Dartmouth College

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM

 New Mexico History Museum 


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The talk will trace the spread of the great smallpox epidemic that broke out in Mexico in 1779, traveled north to New Mexico, was transmitted from tribe to tribe across the American West, and reached eastern Canada by 1784. We will discuss its impact on Indian country and the multiple Native American communities it struck, and consider its significance for understanding the subsequent history of the United States.

Colin Calloway grew up in England and received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds. In the US, he has worked at the Center for the History of the American Indian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and taught at the University of Wyoming and Dartmouth College. He has published more than a dozen books, including One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark, which won six best book awards, and most recently The Indian World of George Washington, which was a National Book Award finalist and won the George Washington Prize. He has been President of the American Society for Ethnohistory and received the Western History Association’s American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award.


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Broadcast Update


Due to current stay-at-home orders,  the Friends of History has moved the First Wednesday Lecture Series to an on-line presentation format until the New Mexico History Museum is able to reopen and host large gatherings. 

The lecture will be available on Wednesday on the History Museum YouTube site          
The Webinar begins at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

There will be a live Question & Answer Session with the speaker immediately following the presentation.

Questions and comments posted during the lecture on the Museum's YouTube page chat box will be shared with the speaker during the Q&A session. 

At the end of the broadcast, the link to the full presentation and Q&A will be posted on both the Museum's Facebook and YouTube pages. 
The videos of all the online First Wednesday Lectures, including the  most recent lecture, are also available on the new FoH Webpage:

Looking forward to enjoying the event with you. 


Upcoming Online First Wednesday Lecture 

Wednesday, 3 March 2021
12:00-1:00 PM

 Royal A. Prentice: Pioneer Archaeologist
                                 in Eastern New Mexico

Richard Ford 
Research Associate, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Emeritus Professor, Anthropology, University of Michigan

Allison Colborn   
Librarian, Laboratory of Anthropology    

Gary Hein     
Nuclear Scientist, Retired