Founding Mothers of Mackinac Island: Agatha Biddle Band
Drawing on a wide array of historical sources, author Theresa L. Weller provides a comprehensive history of the lineage of the seventy-four members of the Agatha Biddle band in 1870. A highly unusual Native and Métis community, the band included just eight men but sixty-six women. Agatha Biddle was a member of the band from its first enumeration in 1837 and became its chief in the early 1860s. Also, unlike most other bands, which were typically made up of family members, this one began as a small handful of unrelated Indian women joined by the fact that the US government owed them payments in the form of annuities in exchange for land given up in the 1836 Treaty of Washington, DC.
In this lecture, Weller unveils the genealogies for all the families who belonged to the band under Agatha Biddle’s leadership, and in doing so, offers fascinating insights into Mackinac Island life in the nineteenth century. Weller’s lecture will take place at the Harbor Springs History Museum and costs $10 per person. Coffee and cookies will be served. Advanced registration is appreciated.
Theresa Weller has been published in Michigan’s Habitant Heritage, St. Ignace News, and the Mackinac Island Town Crier. She is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Date and Time
Thursday May 12, 2022 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 pm
Harbor Springs History Museum
349 E Main St, Harbor Springs, MI 49740