In honor of Women’s History Month Tomaquag Museum to host book talk and signing on March 18, 2017 1-2pm with author Janet Dean on her publication.

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Tomaquag Museum will host a book talk and signing with author Janet Dean on her publication Unconventional Politics 19th Century Women Writers and US Indian Policy.  The talk will be held on March 18, 2017 from 1-2pm and is free with regular museum admission.  Books will be available for purchase for $20 or can be purchased now on Amazon for $25.95.  To support the Tomaquag Museum, visit to purchase book and choose Tomaquag Museum as your non-profit contribution recipient.  

In Unconventional Politics, Janet Dean explores how four authors, Sarah Wakefield, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, the Muscogee/Creek S. Alice Callahan, and the Cherokee Ora V. Eddleman, advocated for Native Americans by both politicizing conventional literature and employing literary skill to respond to national policy.  Their acts of improvisation and reinvention tell a new story about the development of American women’s writing and political expression.  

“At a time when politics and policy are centerstage in America, women’s rights and human equity are at the forefront of our minds, this book discussion will look back at a period when this was a novel idea. We look forward to the dialogue this talk with inspire,” said Lorén Spears, museum Executive Director.

Janet Dean is Professor and Chair of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University. She writes and teaches about American literature, literary and social protest, women writers, and Native American Studies. In addition to her book Unconventional Politics, she has published essays and reviews in a number of journals and edited collections. Dean is the past recipient of a Mellon Fellowship and the Don D. Walker Prize in western American studies.

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