Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga Exhibition

11 Nov 2019 - 10 Apr 2020
The Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107


Lee Francis, Weshoyot Alvitre, and Will Fenton, colored spread depicting the violence of the first massacre using a metaphor of a wampum belt, Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga, Albequerque: Red Planet Books and Comics, 2019.

As part of its Center-supported Redrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America project, the Library Company of Philadelphia produced a graphic novel about the 1763 massacre of the Conestoga Tribe by armed settlers. This exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the novel was created, including the original, hand-painted artwork, an electronic version of the book on touch screen, a short documentary film, and historical materials used to develop the graphic novel. The book—which was written and illustrated by Native American writer Lee Francis and artist Weshoyot Alvitre and published and printed by Native American partners—is available for purchase at the exhibition.

Curator Will Fenton leads seminars offering a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition. Participants receive a signed, first edition copy of the accompanying graphic novel. Advanced registration is required.

Seminar Sessions

  • January 30, 2020, 5:30–7 p.m.
  • February 13, 2020, 5:30–7 p.m.
  • February 27, 2020, 5:30–7 p.m.