Apache ties discussed in Eclipse

Published 10:25 pm Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Suffolk River Heritage organization will host a special program about Virginia’s little-known Apache connections on Tuesday.

The program will be held on Tuesday evening at the C.E.&H. Community Hall, 8881 Eclipse Drive. This program is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker on Tuesday evening will be Dr. W. Michael Farmer, an award-winning author and retired physicist. According to his website wmichaelfarmer.com, Farmer takes 10-plus year of research into 19th-century Apache history and culture and combines that research with Southwest living experience “to fill his stories with a genuine sense of time and place.”


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Farmer will bring his PowerPoint slides to the C.E.&H. Community Hall on Tuesday and present his research to members of Suffolk River Heritage and the Suffolk community, specifically highlighting the links to rich Apache history and culture that can be found within past events in Hampton Roads.

In a phone interview on Monday, Farmer described history and the present day like “standing on the edge of a great ocean.” The beach where you’re standing is the present, the vast ocean in front of you is the future, and behind is the great desert sands of history.

“We’re really a lot closer to the desert than we realize, through these people and these connections,” Farmer said.

The program will begin Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. with a social period, featuring snacks and beverages. The presentation will then begin at 7 p.m.

For more information visit wmichaelfarmer.com and suffolk-river-heritage.org.