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Did you know that Harvard once had a school solely devoted to the education and Christianization of American Indians? Harvard University is situated in Wampanoag Country, the homeland of Squanto (Tisquantum), Massasoit, Metacom, Wootonekanuske, William Apess, and Harvard alumni, John Sassamon (Wampanoag), Joel Iacoombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag), James Printer (Nipmuc), and class of 1665, Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck (Aquinnah Wampanoag). While Harvard's Indian College has almost entirely been forgotten, in the mid-seventeenth century it was slated to play a critical role in England's colonization of North America. Harvard's "first fruits" had consequences that continue to unfold into the present.
Two conferences, one in September 2004, and the other to be held on April 7-8, 2005, at Harvard University, will commemorate this critical yet little known history.
September 17-18, 2004
Commemorating the 350th Anniversary of Harvard Indian College
April 8-9, 2005
Whereas through the good hand of God many well devoted persons have beene and dayly are moved and stirred up to give and bestowe sundry guiftes legacies lands and Revennewes for the advancement of all good literature artes and Sciences at Harvard Colledge in Cambridge in the County of Middlesex and to the maintenance of the President and Fellowes and for all accommodacons of Buildings and all other necessary provisions that may conduce to the education of English & Indian youth of this Country in knowledge and godliness.