The Watt Center for History and the Arts will present a talk by Wheeling resident and author Alan Fitzpatrick, Friday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free-of-charge event.

Fitzpatrick will speak on his book his book The White Indians that reveals the untold story of over 1,200 whites captured by Native-Americans who chose to remain with their captors the remainder of their lives.

This is the untold story of a long-held secret from one of the darkest chapters of American history. It is the epic story of 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?

The author was born and grew up in Canada. He has been a resident of West Virginia since 1973.After receiving a degree in psychology from Kent State University, Fitzpatrick worked at the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville as a Classifications Counselor.

Since then, he has made the Wheeling area his home and operating 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, 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.

Fitzpatrick is the author of 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: 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 at the Watt program.

The Watt Center for History and the Arts is located in the historic Watt Car and Wheel office building, 511 Watt Avenue, Barnesville. The center is located near Mulberry Street and the former B & O Railroad Station. More information on the Center is posted on the organization’s Facebook page: .