After a brief overview of the history of the Native tribes, researcher and writer Alan Fitzpatrick presents an in-depth, hands-on comparison of replica tools, jewelry, clothing, hunting gear, weapons, and home construction of the Native-Americans of the Upper Ohio Valley in the 1700’s, illustrating what life was like before contact with Europeans. Fitzpatrick then explores replica European trade goods, showing how the influx of these new metal, glass, and cloth items changed the material and social culture of Native people forever in a relatively short period of time. These iron tools, copper kettles, woven cloth, and flintlock weapons, just to name a few, made day to day life much easier.
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Tuesday | 2022 at noon
PRESENTER BIO: Having been born and raised in Canada, Alan Fitzpatrick has been a native 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.
FEATURED BOOK: Author of: Wilderness War on the Ohio, In Their Own Words, The Place of the Skull, The White Indians, Captives and Kin in the Ohio Country, The Untold Story of Isaac Zane
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