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“The First Peoples of Coastal Northern Essex County” by Mary Ellen Lepionka

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Guest Lecture Series: Celebrating Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’s 75th Year!   People have lived in our region for more than 10,000 years, utilizing the abundant natural resources while adjusting to major climate, environmental, ecological and cultural change.  Mary Ellen Lepionka is a publisher, author, editor, textbook developer, and college instructor with a Master’s degree in anthropology from Boston University and post-graduate work at the University of British Columbia. Since 2008 she has researched the findings and available information in our local area of the Native American people who lived here. She is a trustee and member of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.  Her presentation explores current knowledge of these peoples from prehistoric times to the first contact with Europeans.