Today in 1617: Pocahantas, the daughter of native American King Powhatan, dies on a ship returning from England to Virginia. She leaves an infant son.
U.S. school children will be fed the romantic tale of Pocahantas’ encounter with Captain John Smith. The truth is that English settlers in Jamestown held her captive to force concessions from her father.
Colonist John Rolfe, then married the captive Pocahantas, changed her name to Rebecca Rolfe, dressed her in English finery, and took her to England for Queen Elizabeth’s amusement.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
This afternoon, the University Lectures Committee presents Professor Charles Goodwin from UCLA, speaking on “The Co-Operative Organization of Human Action”. Free and open to the public, this is today at 4pm in room 254 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive. For more info call Kazeem at 608-262-4077.
Madison’s all-girl go-go dancing bicycle gang, The Greasy Gears, is recruiting new members! Come check out an open practice tonight from 6:45 to 8:15pm at The Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa. More info at greasygears.org, or call Angie at 608-886-5464.
The third annual Madison-area Canstruction Competition will be held May 2nd at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton. “Canstruction” is a competition where teams of community members build structures out of canned goods and packaged food. After the structures are built and the winners declared, all food used in the structures is donated to the Middleton Outreach Ministry Food Pantry. Register your team today! More info at canstructionmadison.org.