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Public Zoom: Confronting Slavery in Early New England: History, Sources, and Interpretation

The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden Presents 

A Zoom Lecture and Discussion with Dr. Jared Ross Hardesty

Confronting Slavery in Early New England: History, Sources and Interpetation 

Teacher/Museum Educator Discussion Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 PM

Public Discussion and Lecture Thursday, January 14, at 6:30 PM

The Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, with support from the Vivian Treat Education Fund, is excited to announce that Dr. Jared Ross Hardesty, Associate Professor of History at Western Washington University, will present two zoom lectures and discussions on the history of slavery in New England.  Dr. Hardesty is the author of Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England (University of Massachusetts Press, 2019).  This important work is the first comprehensive look at slavery throughout New England in more than fifty years.  In it Hardesty explores the lives of enslaved men and women; how New England became very wealthy off of the slave trade; the connection between New England and the Carribean.  His meticulous research lays to rest the notion that slavery was more benign or non-existent here, and clarifies ways in which enslaved people’s lives were different in the towns and farms of the North than they were under the plantation system of the South.

On Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 PM Hardesty will give a lecture, geared towards the needs of teachers and museum educators, entitled “Confronting Slavery in Early New England: History, Sources and Interpretation.”  This session will include a discussion of primary source materials and tips on finding research materials and documents and incorporating them into lesson plans and museum education programs.  Teachers can earn credit hours upon completion. His second presentation, on Thursday, January 14, at 6:30 PM will be open to the public. To register for a session please email Jennifer Belmont-Earl at  You will receive a zoom link ahead of time.

These free lectures will kick off the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden’s free public winter continuing education series, made possible by the Vivian Treat Education Fund.  Admission is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome and will benefit the educational mission of the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden.  Participants will be given access to a primary source and bibliography.  To register and receive the link to these online lectures and discussions, email Jennifer Belmont-Earl at

The Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden is a National Historic Landmark owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of New Hampshire.  The museum interprets the history of the inhabitants of the house, both enslaved and free, from 1763 through 1900 within the context of American, New Hampshire, and Portsmouth history.  

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