Based on research for her book, Darla I. Spencer, Author and Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), of the same title, Ms. Spencer will present an illustrated summary of what is currently known about the Fort Ancient people in West Virginia. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Who in the west has not heard of Wetzel, the daring borderer; the Boone of North-Western Virginia; Wills de Hass, 1851 Lewis Wetzel came of age near the end of the Revolutionary War and was an important participant in the twenty-year war between the woodland Indian Nations and the settlers of western Pennsylvania, western Virginia, and Kentucky. The novel, although classified as historical fiction, traces Wetzel's life over a period of more than twenty years, featuring events and the rich history that occurred in the upper Ohio River Valley, Kentucky, Ohio, and down the Mississippi to New Orleans. According to de Hass, a historian in the mid-nineteenth century, Wetzel's efforts were without parallel in border warfare. The author will be at Pricketts Fort to discuss his book as well as sign copies.
M. Lynne Squires, an award-winning author, primarily writes creative non-fiction. Her memoir "Letters to My Son – Reflections of Urban Appalachia at Mid-Century" is a different perspective of Appalachian living during the mid-20th century years. It is a fascinating glimpse into perhaps the most mislabeled population in America – Urban Appalachians. Her recently released book "Mid-Century Meals and Memories" features recipes for dishes and libations that were popular mid-century. It also revisits trends in music, literature, architecture, and more. She will sell her books after the event. This event is sponsored by the St. Albans Branch Advisory Board.
Each year, archaeologists working throughout the state of West Virginia report their latest findings at the annual meeting of the West Virginia Archeological Society (WVAS). Includes a book signing of “Early Native Americans in West Virginia: the Fort Ancient Culture” by Darla Spencer. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the presentations will continue into the afternoon. Non-members are welcome. Cost is $7 for WVAS members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students. Pre-registration is recommended but not required – please contact Darla Spencer, WVAS Secretary/Treasurer at 304-561-4753 or firstname.lastname@example.org.