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Mashpee Wampanoag elder Joan Tavares Avant, known as Granny Squannit, visits the Research Library on Sat., March 31, 2012, 11 am-noon. Joan talks about her book titled People of the First Light, a collection of history, stories, recipes, newspaper articles, and more.

Historic Newspapers~ Cherokee Phoenix dated 01/28/1829 -- First Native -American newspaper, published/edited by Cherokee Elias Boudinot. On exhibit in the News Corporation News History Gallery at the Newseum. Newseum collection Photo credit: Newseum collection

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12 Historical Women Who Gave No Fucks

Nellie Bly entered Blackwell's island Asylum in 1887 under the guise of insanity under assignment from Joseph Pulitzer. She wrote, "From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted, the crazier I was thought to be by all...." Her book Ten Days in a Mad-House, resulted in a grand jury investigation

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A great woman who helped others when they needed it, followed her dreams, and advanced the world in medicine- all while being told women shouldn't behave in such a way…Rita Levi-Montalcini

A picture found in a Dutch article in a late 1950s magazine about women wearing trousers. A summary of the text: "Imagine the summer of 1905. At the races at Auteuil (near Paris) a woman appeared wearing trousers in public for the first time. Her name is unknown, but this is a picture of her. Policemen had to protect her against the curiosity and outrage of the crowd. The incident dominated the newspapers for days. It wasn't until the 1920s that women wearing trousers reappeared..."

Sherry Pocknett cooks the Wampanoag foods she learned to make with her parents and in her 12 years of working at The Flume, the Mashpee restaurant formerly run by her uncle, Mashpee Wampanoag chief Earl Mills. Pocknett's grandmother was Mills' sister and The Flume's dessert-maker.

Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron (only the hottest Romantic poet ever), is credited with writing the first computer program. | Extraordinary Women Of History You Need To Know Now

MOSES ON THE MESA Bear Chief. Siksika. 1896. Photo by Walter McClintock. Source - Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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