Members of the WISSAR Color Guard, Mohican Honor Guard, Stockbridge American Legion, New Holstein American Legion, Brothertown Nation Honor Guard and Oneida Nation Veterans AC Color Guard participated in the historical marker program.
Members of the WISSAR Color Guard, Mohican Honor Guard, Stockbridge American Legion, New Holstein American Legion, Brothertown Nation Honor Guard and Oneida Nation Veterans AC Color Guard participated in the historical marker program.
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The Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution (WISSAR) held a Historical Marker program Sept. 24 in the town of Stockbridge.
Held at the Old Indian Cemetery, located at the corner of STH 55 and Moore Road, the ceremony was in honor of Bartholomew Calvin.
Members of the WISSAR Color Guard joined the Mohican Honor Guard, Stockbridge American Legion Post 128, New Holstein American Legion Post 124, Brothertown Nation Honor Guard and Oneida Nation Veterans AC Color Guard for the ceremony honoring Calvin.
The Puzzle Hill Singers drummed and sang several times during the ceremony including a special warrior song after the unveiling of the marker.
Master of Ceremony Russ Buhr provided the invocation along with Mohican Elder and Veteran Woody Davids, while the biography of Calvin was presented by Dennis Gramentz.

History importance noted
Tribal Council Member Joe Miller gave poignant and at times emotional opening remarks expressing how important it is to remember native history.
Miller recognized the descendants of Calvin present at the ceremony and said it is important to know where everyone came from.
An honor flute song was performed by Composer Brent Michael Davids followed by the unveiling of the historical marker.
The honor and color guards participated in a solemn salute at the Old Stone marker in the Old Indian Cemetery after which the Stockbridge American Legion Post 128 provided the firing squad salute.
Taps was performed by Kim J. Heltemes while he stood in the middle of the cemetery amongst the grave markers.
Special guests at the historical marker ceremony included local and state officials, Brothertown Nation Vice Chair Robert Fowler, and Brothertown Nation Council Member Wally Blanc.

Calvin served in Revolutionary War
Patriot Bartholomew Scott Calvin was a full blooded Delaware Indian born around 1756 at an Indian Village near Crosswicks, New Jersey.
Calvin’s native name was Shawuskukhkung, meaning “Wilted Grass.”
Calvin left during his second year of studies at Princeton College to serve as a scout and interpreter with various Pennsylvania military units during the Revolutionary War.
He is recognized as a Patriot by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution.
Calvin returned to the Delaware Tribe in New Jersey after the war and succeeded his father Stephen as schoolmaster at the local school.
He was serving as an Indian tribal leader in 1801 when his tribe was invited to move to Oneida County, New York, by the Stockbridge Mohican tribe.
Calvin made arranged the tribe’s next move to Michigan Territory, now known as the State of Wisconsin, in 1824.
Calvin and his wife Mary had seven children. Mary proceeded him in death in 1837. Calvin died in 1840 in Calumet County. Both are buried in unmarked graves in the Old Indian Cemetery in the town of Stockbridge.

Marker part of WISSAR mission
The new historical marker stands to honor Calvin and his contributions and is one of 19 historical markers that have been installed while more are in various stages of completion.
The markers are part of the WISSAR grave dedication mission that began when the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was formed in 1889.
The non-profit organization promotes patriotic, historical and educational objectives, including the perpetuation of the memory of the men and women, who by their sacrifices during the American Revolutionary War, secured independence from Great Britain and established the United States of America.
Members are the direct lineal descendants of those patriots.
One of the most important missions of the group is to locate, record, and use a special bronze marker to identify the grave sites of the brave men and women who served the cause of Independence during the Revolutionary War.
To date over 100,000 graves have been recognized, with 42 buried in Wisconsin.
The most recent phase of the mission in Wisconsin is to place an official WISSAR Historical Grave marker at a prominent location in each of the 26 cemeteries where patriots are buried.
The installation and installation of the markers are made possible by generous contributions from members and friends.

Stockbridge Tribe good stewards
According to Weston Banker, who serves as account coordinator with Reputation Partners LLC and works with the tribe, the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Tribe is one of 11 tribes in Wisconsin and has approximately 1,470 tribal members throughout the state, 34 percent of whom live on the tribe’s reservation in Shawano County.
Banker said the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe is the largest employer in Shawano County and operates the North Star Mohican Casino Resort, which features 1,200 slot machines and 22 table games.
“The Tribe is committed to being a good steward of economic, environmental and intellectual resources in the region and strongly believes in the power of education,” he said.

“Each year, the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe contributes more than $100,000 in funding to the area’s two largest school districts and more than $200,000 to support neighboring communities and other Wisconsin Indian tribes,” Banker added.
For more information about the Tribe, visit the website at http://www.mohican.com/ or the tribal Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/smcmohican/. More information about the mission of WISSAR can be found at www.wissar.org.