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  • Patriots Day celebrated at Indian Castle Church

  • The Little Falls Historical Society celebrated its fourth Patriots Day at Indian Castle Church on Saturday afternoon. Each year, Patriots Day is celebrated in most of New England to commemorate the April 15, 1775, Battles of Lexington and Concord which marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The ...
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  • The Little Falls Historical Society celebrated its fourth Patriots Day at Indian Castle Church on Saturday afternoon.
    Each year, Patriots Day is celebrated in most of New England to commemorate the April 15, 1775, Battles of Lexington and Concord which marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
    The Little Falls Historical Society established a local Patriots Day in 2010 to be celebrated each year on the third Saturday in May to recognize area ancestors and their contributions to America’s quest for independence.
    Since then, the historical society each year honors Patriots Day and celebrates by hosting an event at a local historical site that played an important role in the colonial and Revolutionary War eras.
    This year the historical society chose to hold the event at the historic Indian Castle Church.
    The church itself is a pre-Revolutionary War Anglican missionary church built in 1769 by Sir William Johnson, the British agent of indian affairs who paid the $1,150 construction cost.
    “Indian Castle Church was constructed as an Anglican mission church to counterbalance the effects of missionary work being done by French Jesuit missionaries to convert local Mohawk Indians to Catholicism,” said Robin Critser-Prinzhorn, presenter of Indian Castle Church history.
    Indian Castle Church is presently owned by the town of Danube and administered by the Indian Castle Church Preservation and Restoration Society.
    “The church is the only remaining colonial era building on any of the original Mohawk or Iroquois lands,” Presenter of Indian Castle Church History David Prinzhorn said. “In 1993, the Indian Castle Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it is one of 17 properties remaining in the Northeast designated for their significance in documenting relations between the Indians and colonists.”
    The Improved Order of the Red Man Society still conducts their annual meeting at the church near the date of June 17 on which the church was first dedicated in 1770.
    “To this day the historic structure is locally regarded as a desirable place to be married,” David Prinzhorn added.
    Throughout the event several speakers told stories about the history of Native American culture and government of the past.
    As part of honoring the church on Patriots Day a Mohawk Indian Prayer was read by Little Falls Historical Society President Louis Baum.
    During the event Assemblyman Marc Butler along with Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney presented the Little Falls Historical Society with a resolution in recognition of Patriots Day.
    As the Patriots Day program came to an end those in attendance headed outside during the playing of “Taps” for a final prayer and the laying of a wreath by Elizabeth Mosher, regent of the Astenrogen Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
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