Newsletter, November 8, 2022: Last Program of the Season

Newsletter, November 8, 2022: Last Program of the Season


Marissa Corwin Manitowabi, “Haudenosaunee Representation in Elementary Education: Precedents and Possibilities”
Saturday, November 12, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan
7000 County Rd. 41 (Boughton Hill Rd.), Victor, NY, 14564.

Join us on Saturday, November 12, 2:00, for an exciting interactive program, “Haudenosaunee Representation in Elementary Education: Precedents and Possibilities,” featuring educator Marissa Corwin Manitowabi (Seneca) at Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan. Marissa Manitowabi will provide an overview of changing ways of teaching Haudenosaunee history and culture in elementary schools.

Marissa took a walk along our new nature trail at the 1816 Meetinghouse last week to share ideas about how we might interpret Seneca use of the land, trees, and plants. We thoroughly enjoyed her enthusiasm, her creativity, and her extensive professional experience.

This program is funded by Humanities NY and the Indian Affairs Committee of New York Yearly Meeting of Friends.

Marissa Corwin Manitowabi with Dave Bruinix, showing educational timeline,
1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, November 1, 2022

Marissa Manitowabi (Seneca), a museum education professional, has a B.F.A. in Product Design from Parsons School of Design and an M.S. Ed. in Museum Education from Bank Street Graduate School. She has been using her dual training in arts and education over the past decade to study how Native peoples are represented in elementary schools in New York State and to create materials that inform the public about Haudenosaunee culture and history. Working in consultation with multiple Haudenosaunee community members and in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of the American Indian, The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and
others, Marissa has created curricula, visual materials, educational displays, hands-on activities, and programming to engage visitors and students while they learn. She is currently working with Ganondagan State Historic Site to create a database of K-12 materials about the Haudenosaunee that will provide teachers with the most accurate available materials. She will share some of these
with us in her presentation. For more information, see


On Thursday, November 3, Bill Brandow, along with associates Jessica and Mira from John G. Waite Associates, shared plans for restoration of the 1816 Meetinghouse, using funds from our grant for equal rights sites from the Historic Preservation Fund of the National Park Service. By the end of the month, Bill will have detailed drawings and specifications for roof restoration. We hope for timely approval from both the National Park Service and the NY State Historic Preservation Office, so that we can send out Requests for Proposals early next year and, hopefully, begin roof restoration in the spring. Stay tuned!

Lyle Jenks, Charles Lenhart, Ann Morton, and Dave Bruinix, with Bill Brandow (center) 1816 Meetinghouse, November 3, 2022

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