Ken Smailes of Coshocton will be sharing about the Lenape or Delaware Indians during the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Artifact Show on Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3.
The Delaware nation's capital in the years leading up to the American Revolution was located at what would become Newcomerstown. An avid student of history, Smailes will be sharing about the Lenape history and culture, their influence among the British and Colonists, and the Delaware Nation in the 21st Century.
The informative and highly visual presentations will be at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 during the Bicentennial Artifact Show at the Olde Main Street Museum, 213 W. Canal St., Newcomerstown, and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.
A native of Coshocton County and a local pastor, Smailes is news director at WTNS Radio in Coshocton and WKLM Radio in Millersburg. His research and passion for history have formed a foundation for area historical preservation initiatives and educational outreach about local history. In 2011, Smailes spent a week in Oklahoma with the Delaware Indians of today.