We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be holding Laurel Hill Day on Saturday, August 28th at 2 p.m at Laurel Hill Park. This 168th anniversary of LHA’s founding will celebrate our commitment to the environment and cultural heritage of Stockbridge.

The 2021 Laurel Hill Day will celebrate two milestones for women by commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first woman who spoke at the Laurel Hill rostrum, and recognizing the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s right to vote. The program will feature impactful women who will address how they’ve promoted change in the ways we think of our lands, our people, culture, heritage and the future of the environment in which we live. Keynote speakers will include Jennie A. Kassanoff, Professor of English at Barnard College, and Shannon Holsey, President of the Mohican-Munsee-Stockbridge tribe.

Jennie Kassanoff teaches courses in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature and culture at Barnard College. Kassanoff’s research focuses on post-Civil War American culture. She has earned both of Barnard’s major teaching awards – the Teaching Excellence Award in 2003 and the Emily Gregory Award in 2011. She is the author of Edith Wharton and the Politics of Race (Cambridge UP, 1994), and her essays have appeared in various books and journals, including American Literature, American Literary History and PMLA. Kassanoff is currently working on a book about voting, race and gender in American culture, the working title of which is Voter Writes.

Shannon Holsey is President of the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohican Indians in Wisconsin. She grew up on the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation in Bowler, Wisconsin, and has committed the Tribe to serving as good stewards of its economic, environmental and culture and tradition as well as intellectual resources. Holsey is also serving her third year as President of the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, which represents 11 member tribes in Wisconsin. She was appointed as the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations, is Co-Chair of the NCAI Violence Against Women’s Act Task Force and is a Wisconsin delegate of the Electoral College.

Look for additional details about this exciting event in the coming months. We hope you’ll be able to join us!