Visitors Bureau Releases New Native American History Brochure

The Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau (SRVVB), which is the Tourism Promotion Agency for Snyder, Northumberland, and Union Counties, has partnered with Katherine Faull, Professor of German and Humanities at Bucknell University and Cindy Inkrote, Director of the Northumberland County Historical Society, to produce a driving tour brochure that highlights the rich Native American and Moravian history in the Susquehanna River Valley.

The "Native Paths" brochure is the first of its kind in Central PA and was a truly collaborative project between the Visitors Bureau, Bucknell University, and the Northumberland County Historical Society. The brochure takes the reader back to the colonial period, some 270 years ago, when Native Americans, colonists and Europeans came together to trade, negotiate, and live. The brochure follows common paths used for exchange, communication, hunting, and war for Native peoples for centuries before the arrival of the European settlers.

The "Native Paths" brochure can be requested for free at www.VisitCentralPA.org or by calling 1-800-525-7320 or 570-524-7234.

The brochure is broken up into eight stops, beginning at the Shikellamy Overlook, moving to Sunbury and the Shikellamy State Park Marina, up the Warrior Path to Montoursville, and then circles back through Central Oak Heights in West Milton, to Blue Hill at the confluence, and finally to Selinsgrove's Isle of Que. The brochure was designed by MoJo Active, of Watsontown.

The Moravian Archives in both Bethlehem, PA and Hernnhut, Germany participated in the project by allowing a manuscript map by Joseph Shippen and a stylized image of Chief Shikellamy to be used in the brochure.

Katherine Faull, a local expert on Moravian and Native American cultures, is currently translating various Moravian Missionary diaries from the Colonial Period. She says of the project, "Working with archival materials opened up a new way of looking at the Susquehanna River Valley for me. This tour is my way of sharing those perspectives with both residents and visitors alike."

Cindy Inkrote, Director of the Northumberland County Historical Society says of the initiative, "The Native Paths driving tour offers a wonderful opportunity to follow the pathways of the Susquehanna River Valley's early inhabitants and to become more aware of the interaction of those cultures.  Dr. Faull's translation of the Moravian diaries brings a new level of understanding to what took place during the 18th century at the Susquehanna's confluence."

For more information, go to VisitCentralPA.org, Facebook.com/SusquehannaRiverValley or Twitter.com/SusqRiverValley