Forum to explore women smugglers in early America

November 19, 2015
Dr. Eugene Tesdahl
Margaret Huettl

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will present a faculty forum, “Dans une cachette rouge: Women Smugglers in Early America, 1701-1754,” on Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m. The forum is free and open to university students, faculty, staff and community members.

At the forum, Dr. Eugene Tesdahl will discuss the contributions of smugglers of the early 18th century and explain how entrepreneurial Mohawk women, colonial administrators and colorful traders negotiated trade and life on borderlands between New York and New France.

“The compelling lives of smugglers in the Atlantic World illuminate key strengths and vulnerabilities of European empire, the significance of First Nations peoples and the invaluable role of women in early America,” said Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at UW-Platteville and a specialist in early American, Native American and women's history.

Following Tesdahl’s discussion, Margaret Huettl, a University Fellow in ethnic studies at UW-Platteville, will discuss indigenous peoplehood of the Ojibwe and other groups. She will explain how indigenous kinship networks that traversed transnational borderlands sustained Ojibwe sovereignty in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Huettl’s research and teaching interests focus on indigenous histories in North America, with a special interest in ethnohistorical methods and public history.

The LAE Faculty Forum Series, a program instituted in the fall of 2004, is sponsored by UW-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education. The purpose of the forum is to allow faculty to present information in their research areas to university faculty, staff, students and community members. Presenters tailor their presentations to a general audience.

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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