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By the Book Author Series

A Celebration of Research, Writing, and the Grand Reopening of the Western Reserve Historical Society's Library


Beginning this October, we invite you to experience the Cleveland History Center in a brand-new way through our By the Book Author Series. Join us in the newly renovated WRHS Research Library as we highlight scholars’ work on various aspects of history relating to Northeast Ohio. Hear from the authors as they discuss topics ranging from the historic to the sociological, then enjoy a networking session for more in-depth conversation with the authors and WRHS staff.


WRHS Members: FREE

Adults: $15

Seniors (62+): $13

Veterans: $12

College: $10

Tickets include the book discussion and networking hour, as well as full museum admission. Participants will receive a 10% discount on authors’ works if purchased through the WRHS Museum Store. Participants will also receive $5 flat rate parking in our Visitor Lot.

Part of a book club? Ask us about special discounted admission rates for groups! For more information, email Whitney Stalnaker, Public Programs Manager, at [email protected].

Light refreshments and beverages will be available for purchase.

Chief Thunderwater: An Unexpected Indian in Unexpected Places

Presenter: Dr. Gerald Reid

Date: Thurs., Nov. 4, 2021

Time: 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Cleveland History Center


Event Description

In his presentation, Dr. Gerald Reid will focus on his recently published book, Chief Thunderwater: An Unexpected Indian in Unexpected Places, which tells the story of Chief Thunderwater (Oghema Niagara), a Cleveland-based Indigenous activist who played a vital role in the political revitalization of Hodinöhsö:ni´ (Haudenosaunee/Iroquois/Six Nations) communities in Canada in the early twentieth century.  He will discuss the development of his interest in Thunderwater’s story, present a synopsis of Thunderwater’s life, and offer a consideration of his political influence and legacy. Reid will highlight the importance of the CHC/WRHS collections for understanding and telling the Thunderwater story.

Speaker Bio

Gerald Reid

Gerald Reid is Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. His scholarly interest focuses on cultural and political development and revitalization among the Hodinöhsö:ni´ (Haudenosaunee/Iroquois/Six Nations) in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His published work includes Chief Thunderwater: An Unexpected Indian in Unexpected Places (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021), “’To Renew Our Fire’: Political Activism, Nationalism, and Identity in Three Rotinonhsionni Communities” (in Tribal Worlds: Critical Studies in American Indian Nation Building, State University of New York Press, 2013), and “Illegal Alien? The Immigration Case of Mohawk Ironworker Paul K. Diabo” (American Philosophical Society Proceedings, Volume 151, No. 1, 2007).

Venue Information

Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-5722

Organizer Information

Cleveland History Center

10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-5722

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Angie Lowrie
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