Lenape author to talk in Tamaqua
DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Tamaqua celebrates Native American heritage in many ways, such as this sculpture on display in the Tamaqua library. On Nov. 21, the Tamaqua Historical Society will present a talk on Lenape culture at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.
Now in its 214th year, the Tamaqua community continues to salute its first inhabitants, Native Americans.
A look at the Lenape, early settlers in Schuylkill County, will take place 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St.
The talk is sponsored by the Tamaqua Historical Society.
"The subject is timely as we think about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and our Native American roots," said Dale Freudenberger, society president.
The presentation will feature author Gretchen Hardy.
Hardy earned a degree in journalism and political science from Kent State University, OH, and has done post-graduate work in psychology and marketing at Penn State University.
She is an accomplished photographer and has traveled extensively for Kinderphoto International.
She has served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Marketing Society and is an active volunteer in civic, environmental and youth-oriented organizations. She conducts support workshops for women who want to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
In 2000, Hardy and her husband moved from Berks County to Lake Wynonah in Schuylkill County. She wanted to learn more about the history of the area, "especially the Lenape who had shared this land of tranquility and beauty," Hardy says.
After 10 years of research, she authored a story of the land and natives set against the backdrop of the French and Indian War. "Wynonah" became the central character.
Titled "Princess" by the English, Wynonah was born in 1734 into the Lenape Delaware Royal Family. Wynonah's father, Tamaqua, was the grandson of Delaware Chief Tamanend who signed the Treaty of Friendship in 1682 with William Penn. Hardy's book, "Buttons & Beads: Lenape Princess Wynonah and the Future President," expresses a theme: Indian women existed in Berks and Schuylkill Counties; they were strong, wise, active, decent, loving, resourceful, respected; and they never had an historical voice.
Hardy says Wynonah, an embodiment of Lenape women, shares much with female leaders and mothers today: bravery, spirituality, resourcefulness and dependability.
The presentation is open to the public.