Saturday, October 13, 2018

Franklin Historical Museum: King Philip's Indian War Presentation (inside) and Scarecrow Contest (outside) - Sunday, Oct 14

NY Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will give a slide presentation on the war between the Colonists and Native Americans in 1675-76 at The Franklin Historical Museum at 1:15 Sunday, October 14, as part of the Museum’s Second Sunday Speaker Series.

Tougias is the author of the acclaimed Until I Have No Country (A novel of King Philip's War), and co-author with Eric Schultz of King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict.
author Michael Tougias
author Michael Tougias

The first part of the presentation will discuss the Indian way of life, Colonial settlements, and the events leading up to the war. The second part covers the battles and the strategy during this cataclysmic war, which on a per capita basis was the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history.

Slides include battle sites, period sketches, historic markers, maps, and suggestions for visiting road-side history. Tougias also discusses Native strategy during the war and the challenges of writing a historic novel. Former Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Massachusetts and member of the Wampanoag Tribe, Edith Andrews, is quoted on the novel's back cover, commenting that Until I Have No Country "captures the essence of the Native American." The novel includes adventure, romance, and intrigue while staying true to historical facts. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tougias is the author and co-author of 21 non-fiction books including the national bestsellers Rescue of the Bounty, A Storm Too Soon, Overboard! The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue (to be a Disney movie), Derek’s Gift, The Cringe Chronicle and his award-winning book, There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse! (Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe). 

His book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do is the recipient of the American Library Association “Editors Choice” award. More about the author can be found at

And with the Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday (due to the weather forecast for Saturday), the Scarecrow Contest moves to Sunday

At the Franklin Historical Museum during the Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct 14

• Open to all ages!
• Prize awarded in youth and adult categories
• Positive, creative, nonviolent entries accepted
• Contestants to provide all material to decorate and display their scarecrows
• Entries to be secured in a standing or sitting position
• Scarecrows delivered to Historical Museum between 10 AM-11 AM, to be displayed on the museum front lawn during the Harvest Festival.
• Judging and prizes at 3:00 PM
• All scarecrows to be removed by 5:00 PM
• No fee to enter the contest

work on the exterior of the Museum is underway
work on the exterior of the Museum is underway

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