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Caver to speak on Chickasaw homeland discoveries

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The event is planned for May 18 in New Albany.

Interesting discoveries of the Chickasaw Homeland is the topic of the Union County Historical Society is set for Friday, May 18, 12 at noon at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in New Albany.

Mitch Caver

Mitch Caver, of Baldwyn, is the guest speaker.  He has a passion for research in discovering the history of the Chickasaw people when they lived in the Homeland here in North Mississippi.  This passion has lead to a steadfast friendship with the Chickasaw Nation. Important discoveries about the Chickasaw life here are attributed to Caver’s diligent research. In 2015 he was honored with the Friend of the Chickasaw Award and he is also considered by the Chickasaw as an honorary citizen.

His book, Piominko: Chickasaw Leader, co-authored by Caver and Thomas Cogwer, was recently published by Chickasaw Press. Filled with unrelenting intrigue, treachery and uncertainty in the time of the American Revolution, both the American and the English were courting the Chickasaw leaders for help in their efforts in this war.

Piominko, one of those leaders who was working toward survival of the Chickasaw people, met with President George Washington in Philadelphia, a meeting recorded by future president John Quincy Adams. This conclave helped forge a relationship between the United States and the Chickasaw Nation.

Piominko: Chickasaw Leader tells the story of this man whose unwavering courage and intelligence in the face of monumental challenges proved crucial to the survival of two nations – the Chickasaw and the United States.

The story of Piominko is only a portion of the vast amount of research undertaken by Caver.  His diligent work in this has led to other discoveries as well.

The Annual Meeting and luncheon is free to members of the Society and to the Museum’s Community Partners. To attend, please call or email to reserve a seat so there will be an accurate lunch count.  Call the museum by May 15, at 662-538-0014 or email jill@ucheritagemuseum.com.  If you are not a member and would like to attend, the cost is $12 per person.