“It is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are learning, speaking and gathering on the ancestral homelands of the Mohican people, who are the indigenous peoples of this land. Despite tremendous hardship in being forced from here, today their community resides in Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We pay honor and respect to their ancestors past and present as we commit to building a more inclusive and equitable space for all.”
Martin Van Buren’s time at Lindenwald coincided with one of the most difficult periods in American history – the twenty years leading up to the Civil War. Questions about the future and expansion of slavery, the forced removal of indigenous people from their lands, the role of the government in the economy, and even the fate of the union, were asked around family dinner tables across the nation. All these issues, and many more, have modern implications for our nation.
Last updated: August 24, 2020