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The History Center
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The History Center
The History Center is the home of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society. Housed in the 1893 Old City Hall, the organization offers a look at Allen County and Fort Wayne history via its museum, the National Historic Landmark Chief Richardville House, the George R. Mather Lecture Series, the magazine “Old Fort News”, its award winning blog “History Center Notes and Queries” and other programs. The History Center’s Festival of Gingerbread during the holiday season attracts over 12,000 people to downtown Fort Wayne during its three-week run with proceeds going toward support of the museum and its programs. The Heritage Education Fund provides free field trips to students in area schools.

I LOVE Fire Trucks!

I love fire trucks. And when I say I love fire trucks, what I’m really saying is: I LOVE FIRE TRUCKS! Since I know I’m not alone in that love, I ventured over to the Fort Wayne Fire Fighters Museum the other day to take some photos and entice you to go visit too. The museum is at 226 West…

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Too Good a Prisoner

One of the perks of working at the History Center is getting “behind-the-scenes” and “first” looks at artifacts. A perfect example is an artifact that we were given on July 3, 2012 by Donna J. Vorndran, daughter of former Sheriff Herman C. Holle. Mrs. Vorndran brought us a “soap gun”….a .38…

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History through headstones

When I mentioned to a group of church friends this past weekend that I was writing a blog post on cemeteries, with the thought that some parents might want to take their children to these special spots to study history, one of my friends asked, “You’d take a child to a cemetery?” Well, yes, I…

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The Voice of the Miami

“Father, we think our answer is good—You point to the West and ask us to go there—There I shall never go, nor will my people. They are all opposed to leaving here. They will not sell their lands. I speak not for myself, but for my people—What you hear from me is the voice of the Miami. We…

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Indiana's Oldest Jewish Congregation

Congregation Achduth Vesholom in Fort Wayne is Indiana’s oldest Jewish congregation, founded in 1848 by a group of 23 people as a “Society for Visiting the Sick and Burying the Dead”. In 1874, the congregation became a “Reform” congregation, meaning they are Reform Jews as opposed, for…

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A two-hour tour of central Fort Wayne

Any time of year, finding something for the kids to do (and those kids can be of any size and age) can sometimes be a challenge. When the weather is beautiful, it’s time to get out of the house and explore your city. In 1978, Clifford Richards and Pat Boice published an article in the Old…

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Marking History in Fort Wayne

As you drive around Fort Wayne, you sometimes come across a sign that denotes an historic happening or place from our city’s history. There are a variety of these signs in existence and so we set out to find a few with the idea that parents of elementary age and older students, as well as…

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