Ghost River: From Colonial Past to Native Present

Ghost River: From Colonial Past to Native Present


On Thursday, May 12, editor Will Fenton will join LancasterHistory virtually for a lecture on Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga, an educational graphic novel about the final days of the Conestoga People.

Image of Will Fenton.In December 1763, a mob of white settlers, the so-called “Paxton Boys,” murdered 20 unarmed Conestoga People in a genocidal campaign that reshaped Pennsylvania settlement politics. Ghost River reimagines this difficult history through an educational graphic novel that introduces new bodies of evidence to highlight Indigenous victims, survivors, and kin. Editor Will Fenton will discuss the origins, archival materials, and the collaborative process that made the project possible.

Will Fenton is Program Officer in the Office of Challenge Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Editor of Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga (Red Planet Books & Comics, 2019), which received the American Association for State and Local History’s 2021 Leadership in History Award. He earned his Ph.D. from Fordham University in August 2018 (Department of English).


This event will take place online via Zoom on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 7pm Eastern. This is NOT an in-person event.

The program is free and open to the public but requires advance registration. Register online by clicking “Get Tickets” below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Your link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you upon successful registration. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we highly recommend reading our Virtual Event Guide & FAQ in advance the of the event. Registration will close online on May 12 at 6:50pm ET.

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Lecture Online/Virtual Event

May 12, 2022 Online via Zoom 7pm ET Free | Advance Registration Required