Lars Adams is an award winning historian, best selling author and public speaker from Lake County, Illinois. Focusing on Mid-Atlantic Native American history and critical mixed-race studies, Adams has published numerous book contributions, articles, essays, blogs and presentations. A member of the Chowanoke Nation of North Carolina, Adams seeks to use historical research to empower modern Indigenous American communities and reinforce tribal sovereignty.
“This has got to be one of the finest, scholarly articles we have had the privilege to judge [Sundry Murders and Depredations] and it had a profound impact on each panel member… Paying meticulous attention to detail… this article is well worth taking the time to read… It is educational, tremendously interesting, and… a phenomenal article!!!”
-North Carolina Society of Historians
Current and past publishers of work by
LARS C. ADAMS
LARS C. ADAMS
Beach Park, IL, 60087
Author of “Breaking the House of Pamunkey: The Last Powhatan War and the Fall of an American Indian Empire,” October, 2017, Backintyme Publishing
Website Administrator: Roanoke Chowan Native American Association, 2017 – present
Historical Consultant/Interviewee: Documentary film “Chowanoke Indians: People of the South,” 2016 (not yet released, a film by Doug. A. Patterson)
Advisor to the Chowan Discovery Group; historical preservation organization
D.T. Smithwick Newspaper & Magazine Article Award (presented by the North Carolina Society of Historians, October, 2014)
Society of North Carolina Historians (member: 2013-2014)
Wheeling Historical Society (member: 2013-2014)
Chicago American Indian Center (member: 2016-present)
Roanoke Chowan Native American Association (member, website administrator, blogger: 2017 – present)
Chowanoke Descendants Community (founder: 2011 – present)
Mid-Atlantic Native American Studies
Local Historic Preservation
Colonial American History
Ethnohistory (Primarily Native American)
Chicago Early History/Prehistory
Book: “The Chowanoke Indians: History of a Nation, 1584 – Present.” (tentative title) Currently in research and outlining phase.
Essay: “Pemisapan’s Conspiracy: Reading the Roanoke Colony Sources as a War,” (tentative title)
Document Collection for Archival Purposes: “Memoirs of a Pirate: Abduwali Muse Letters Concerning the Hijacking of the Maersk Alabama.” (A collection of letters intended for submission to the National Archives)
Landmark Preservation/Restoration: Actively seeking out sites of historic interest from early and pre-historic Chicago. Four sites under research currently: Chicago Pyramid Mound (prehistoric pyramid on Chicago Southside), Des Plaines River Portage (Potawatomi Concentration Camp and Army Crossing during Black Hawk War), Mettawa Town (Potawatomi Village), and the Mound City of Antioch (ancient earthworks, no longer extant).
PUBLISHED AND PRESENTED WORKS
“Proposal to Register the Chowan River War As a Highway Historical Marker,” Proposal to the North Carolina Historical Marker Program, 2011.
“Choanoac Indians: Ethnic Transformation and Identity Retention, 1585-1821” (paper presented at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, November 2, 2012).
“The Carolina Algonquians: Ethnic Transformation and Identity Retention in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century,” (paper presented at the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, November 14, 2014.
“History of the Chowanoke Indians: 1584 – 1790.” Paper presented at Merchant’s Millpond State Park, Gatesville, NC, September 9, 2015. Event hosted by the Roanoke Chowan Native American Association.
“‘Sundry Murders and Depredations’: A Closer Look at the Chowan River War, 1676-1677,” The North Carolina Historical Review 90 (April 2013): 149-172.
“The Battle of Weyanoke Creek: A Story of the Third Anglo-Powhatan War in Early Carolina,” Native South 6 (September 2013): 170-195.
Breaking the House of Pamunkey: The Last Powhatan War and the Fall of an American Indian Empire, (Backintyme Publishing, slated for October, 2017 publication, with a forward by Dr. Helen C. Rountree)
“From Cherokee to Chowanoke: Discovering the North Carolina Algonquians,” in Denise Bates, ed., We Will Always Be Here: Southern Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the 20th Century and Beyond, (University of Florida Press, 2016)
“The Chowanoke Indian Resurgence,” (interview with Doug Patterson), in Denise Bates, ed., We Will Always Be Here: Southern Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the 20th Century and Beyond, (University of Florida Press, 2016)
“Afrocentrism,” in Tyson D. King-Meadows, ed., African American Leadership: A Reference Guide, (Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media, 2015)
“Harlem Renaissance,” in Tyson D. King-Meadows, ed., African American Leadership: A Reference Guide, (Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media, 2015)
“Dorothy I. Height Leadership Institute,” in Tyson D. King-Meadows, ed., African American Leadership: A Reference Guide, (Santa Barbara, CA: Mission Bell Media, 2015)
Roanoke Chowan Native American Association www.rcnaa.org
Breaking the House of Pamunkey (book website) www.houseofpamunkey.webs.com
Chowanoke Descendants Community www.chowanoke.webs.com
Chowan Discovery Group http://chowandiscovery.org/?s=lars+adams