Calendar of Saugerties Events

Evan Pritchard Historic Talk - Mama Roch

Sat, Mar 02, 2019
Susan Davis

Community Room of the Saugerties Public Library
91 Washington Avenue
Saugerties, NY 12477
Table Of Contents:
2 p.m.
Mama Roch, Female Sachem of Ulster County:

Her Esopus Munsee People, Their Land, and Their Fate

 In this illustrated lecture, Native American author Evan Pritchard will present his latest research on Mama Roch, respected female sachem of the Esopus Munsee people. Their territory occupied most of today’s Ulster County and parts of Orange County as well—the shoreline from Saugerties south to Storm King (Pasquaskeck) and along the Minisink Trail (209) from Kingston to Basha Kill. Using maps and quotes, Pritchard will bring Mama Roch’s nation to life, then explore her own life as well, including her inspiring “Peace Speech” of April 21st, 1675.  After Mama Roche, the era of the Esopus Munsee came to a tragic close, which Pritchard will reconstruct, blow by fatal blow. Q and A to follow, plus book signing.


Evan Pritchard  (Mi’kmaq) is the author of Native New Yorkers, Henry Hudson and the Algonquins (Council Oak Books) No Word For Time (Millichap) and also the newly self-published The Tappan: Keepers of the River Crossings, and forty other books. He has appeared frequently on TV and on hundreds of radio shows, and has taught classes for twenty years at Pace, Vassar, and Marist, while lecturing at dozens of other institutions. He is currently host of the Tribal Harmony series at the Falcon Jazz Club. In 2015, Evan received the Helen Wilkinson Reynolds Lifetime Achievement award for New York State History from the Dutchess County Historical Society.

All Friends of Historic Saugerties talks are free and open to anyone who is interested in history.  Seating is limited. If the Library is closed due to inclement weather, the talk will be rescheduled.