Community Read: This Land Is Their Land

This year, in recognition of Indigenous People’s Day and the 400th

Anniversary of the First Thanksgiving, the FRS is partnering with Theater in the Open, The Museum of Olde Newbury,The Newburyport Public Library and Jabberwocky Bookshop in a Community Read of This Land is Their Land by David J. Silverman. The book is an Indigenous-centered history of the years leading up to 1621, and the painful and bloody dissolution of ties between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag. By reading this book, we hope to better understand our history and how the marginalized community of the Wampanoag were affected, and continue to be affected, by the colonization of Massachusetts.


The five partnering organizations have come together to provide copies of This Land is Their Land in Little Free Libraries around Greater Newburyport—including our own in front of the Parish Hall. Starting on October 11th, which is now officially Indigenous People’s Day in the City of Newburyport, pick up a copy from a Free Little Library, from the Newburyport Public Library, or to purchase your own copy visit Jabberwocky. You can also explore the additional resources that we’ve compiled here:

And for younger readers:  History Smashers: The Mayflower by Kate Messner, illustrated by Dylan Meconis

While the Community Read for this year is geared toward a more adult audience, we want everyone in our community to be able to participate in these conversations in a meaningful way. History Smashers: The Mayflower will be our Youth Community Read—for young readers to begin to learn the real history of the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, and the First Thanksgiving. Ideal for readers aged 7 to 12.

A discussion for FRS members and friends will be held on Thursday, December 2 at 7pm. Register here to receive the Zoom link: Contact Julie Parker Amery, Director of Faith Formation and Spiritual Exploration with any questions:

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