Sandi Brewster-Walker Lecture: Invisible People of Color

Sandi Brewster-Walker Lecture: Invisible People of Color  

Presented by Providence Public Library at Providence Public Library

November 15, 2017

Sandi Brewster-walker, chair & executive director (acting) of the Long Island Indigenous People Museum and Research Institute, will talk about the people of color whaling captains, and crew on all sides of the Long Island Sound. She will highlight the genealogies and experiences of the local men of color, who hunted the whale during the peak years (1840-1860) of the industry and also discuss the type of whaling vessels, journey, destinations, shipwrecks, and desertions. Sandi will talk about her experience researching ship records, logbooks, crew list, seaport custom house records, U.S. Federal Census, newspaper archives, Seaman Protection Certificates, family papers, and more. Brewster-walker is an independent historian, genealogist, freelance writer and business owner.

She has served in the President William Jefferson Clinton Administration as deputy director of the Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a columnist, her writings are found in the Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon, and Massapequa Post weekly newspapers, as well as articles in LI Boating World, Sound Boating World, and Hudson Boating World monthly newspapers. Recently, she became a winner of the Press Club of Long Island’s 2017 Media Award – 3rd Place for Narrative: Column.

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Dates: November 15, 2017


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Providence Public Library

150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

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Intown Parking - 131 Washington Street 401-273-9466
Dunkin Donuts Center Parking - 165 Washington Street 401-331-3786

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