The Storms of Vermont, part 1

My favorite ancestors these days seem to be the Storms. Originally from Panton and Vergennes, Vermont, several members of the family moved to Worcester and Boston, Massachusetts in the 1870s. Once in Worcester, the Storms and other transplanted Vermonters of color formed the Vermont Club at John St Baptist Church, one of the few Black churches in Worcester. Hattie Storms, my great-great grandmother, was born … Continue reading The Storms of Vermont, part 1

Homestead Restoration To Start August 2010

Built in 1801 for Hassanamisco Nipmuc Lucy Gimby, the Cisco Homestead serves as the largest artifact in the Museum’s material culture collection. It also housed the rest of the Museum’s collection from 1962 until the building closed for repairs in 2006. Stabilization of the structure will begin after this year’s Indian Fair on the Hassanamesit Reservation (Rez) (Sunday, July 25th!!!). Plans for restoration include returning … Continue reading Homestead Restoration To Start August 2010

What Freedom Means to Me

This post is in response to the Carnival of African-American Genealogy, 4th edition. I have always lived in the Northeast of the United States, except for the 10 years that I lived in the Washington, DC area after college. I never thought much about freedom growing up. I lived in a small city where minorities had always been present and few. In fact, most of … Continue reading What Freedom Means to Me

Guess I Need an Intro

This is a new blog so that I can document my own ancestries (Native American and African-American sprinkled with a bit of European) and other African and Native American families from here in New England. Family names I hope to document here include: Toney, Scott, Hazzard, Hazard, Pegan, Quow, Harry, Storms, and Bostic. Hopefully I will update on a regular basis with new and exciting … Continue reading Guess I Need an Intro

Start Your Own Business

On June 3rd of this year, the Nipmuc Nation hosted a “Getting Started in Business” seminar. The MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) at UMass Boston presented the workshop. The Institute for New England Native American Studies (INENAS) co-sponsored the seminar. Mark Allio from the SBDC led the group of mostly Nipmucs through steps to becoming an entrepreneur. Mark emphasized “the Big Picture” in his … Continue reading Start Your Own Business