The White Indians

The White Indians

July 27, 2018
Watt Center for History and the Arts
The Watt Center for History and the Arts in Barnesville, Ohio is pleased to present a talk by Alan Fitzpatrick of Wheeling, W.Va. on Friday, July 27, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Watt Center. He will be talking about “THE WHITE INDIANS”, the story of people captured by the Indians and the over 1,200 that never came back. The event is free and open to the public. This is the untold story of a long-held secret from one of the darkest chapters of American history that is truly shocking. It is the epic story of more than 1,200 white captives who never came home after the peace was made. For more than 230 years, historians have written about Indians with racial prejudice, refusing to believe that white people would choose to live with “merciless heathen savages.” Why then did so many captives choose to remain with the Indians when they could have returned? Having been born and raised in Canada, Alan Fitzpatrick has been a resident of West Virginia since 1973 when he graduated from Kent State University in psychology and became employed at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville as a Classifications Counselor. Since then, he has made the Wheeling area his home and ran a retail carpet business for thirty-three years before retiring. Alan has always been fascinated by the early frontier history of the Upper Ohio Valley, and in 1997, he was a founding member of “Fort Henry Days,” a yearly living-history commemoration and re-enactment of the 1782 last battle of the American Revolution. The event is held at Wheeling’s Oglebay Park every Labor Day weekend. Alan has written four non-fiction early-American history books dealing with the conflict between Native-Americans and colonials during the tumultuous period of the late 1700’s. He is the author of: Wilderness War on the Ohio, In Their Own Words. The Place of the Skull, and The White Indians. Mr. Fitzpatrick will have his books and other material available for purchase.

Upcoming Events

August 24
Barnesville Library Annex N. Chestnut St.
August 25
Belmont gym, 328 3rd St.
September 1
Chase Field, 526 W. 26th St., Bellaire
September 1
First Baptist Church, 94 Shady Lane, Barnesville