The Orange County Historical Museum is honored to host Tom Magnuson for a four part series, “The Networks of Early North Carolina History.” In this series, Magnuson will present some of his findings from his thirty years of studying the earliest commercial transportation networks in the Southeast of North America. The programs will begin as virtual events but, if COViD restrictions are lifted, may be offered in person as well.
The events currently scheduled as part of this series are:
- February 4 at 7PM - "First Contact: Native Americans and Europeans in the Sounds, 1524-1650"
- May 6 at 7PM - "Carolina's First Permanent Settlement, 1650-1705"
- August 5 at 7PM - "The Lasting Impacts of Carolina's First Settlers"
A fourth talk entitled, "Moving into the Backcountry, 1704-1754,” is yet to be scheduled.
Magnuson is the founder and CEO of the Trading Path Association (TPA). The TPA is a non-profit organization committed to finding and protecting remnants of the Contact Era in the southeast. It does so by finding the old trade routes of England’s first frontier, the “backcountry” of the southeast. Prior to founding the TPA, Magnuson enjoyed an unconventional high-tech career first in the integrated circuit industry and government service, and later in the software business.