Dr. Butler to present on new book

| May 3, 2016

COSHOCTON – Dr. Scott E. Butler, Ph.D., will present The Three Worlds of Mary Harris, “The White Woman” of the Ohio Frontier at The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum on at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12.

With new information from Massachusetts Colonial archives, Dr. Butler will present research findings describing the entire life of Mary Harris, the First Lady of Ohio. Her three worlds were Deerfield, Massachusetts, Kahnawake in Quebec, and the Three Rivers region of Ohio. The talk will describe her family and friends, life in colonial Massachusetts, life as an adopted Mohawk Indian, her known sons and their careers, and evidence of her kindness and care for English prisoners. Dr. Butler will present new information that was found in colonial Massachusetts archives about her role as an emissary of peace from the Kahnawake Mohawk nation. Her two known sons were prominent in New York and Ohio: one a major fur trader and the other a major war leader.

Dr. Butler’s new 118-page book, Mary Harris, “The White Woman” of the Ohio Frontier in 1750: The True Store, False Legends and More,” will be available in the museum book store. All sales proceeds will be donated to the museum.

Dr. Butler will also announce the 2016 Mary Harris Prizes for non-fiction writing connected somehow to the Coshocton frontier; total prize money $2,500. This is the second year the competition has been offered.

Program admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and Friends of the Museum. The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is located in Historic Roscoe Village at 300 N. Whitewoman St. For information, contact the Museum at 740-622-8710 or e-mail [email protected]. Museum hours beginning in May are noon to 5 p.m. daily. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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