Nick McWilliams reporting – An unveiling and lecture is scheduled December 17th in Newcomerstown for a painting of a Delaware chief who first settled along the Tuscarawas River.

The painting, completed by Historian Alan Fitzpatrick, memorializes Chief Netawatwees, who is unofficially known as the initial founder of what is now known as Newcomerstown.

The spiritual leader of the clan, Netawatwees moved his people down from the area currently known as Cuyahoga Falls, where the chief became well-renowned by the English settlers of the area.

Fitzpatrick has an extensive background in 18th-century American history, with specialties in Native cultures between the French and Indian War through the Revolutionary War.

The painting will be unveiled at the Olde Main Street Museum and Social Center at 213 W. Canal Street in Newcomerstown at 1 p.m.

A book signing and Q and A segment will follow the lecture.

For.more information, call (740) 498-7735.

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