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Outgoing chair’s address at the 2010 AASLH Meeting of the Membership.

David Donath recounts his experience studying and researching his hometown’s most prominent historical figures Jacob Barley. He gives a thorough overview of Jacob Barley’s exploration of Lake Champlain and its surrounding area of Vermont emphasizing the importance of the relationship Barley and his men build with the Abenaki Native Americans who were used as both guides and spies.

When Donath partnered with another scholar researching Barley, they hold a talk at a center in Vermont run by the DAR. This talk lead to a surprising revelation for Donath about the origins of Barley and the Abenaki Native Americans relationship.