Posted on July 09, 2015 at 10:00:00 am by The History Center

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 ... More ›

When the Lincoln Museum closed, it was a sad day for those of us who love our history and particularly the history of our 16th president. Few presidents have been studied the way Abraham Lincoln has and for good reason. Born into poverty, self-educated, blessed with a strong intellect and a

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May is National Historic Preservation Month ( and since the Chief Richardville House has been much in the news, we thought it only right to spotlight on our blog another historic structure that the History Center owns--the Old ... More ›

Posted on April 09, 2015 at 8:01:00 am by The History Center

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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Tucked away in the southwest corner of Lindenwood Cemetery is Jordan Crossing. Jordan Crossing is a section of the cemetery—Section 14-- set aside for the graves of African-Americans who died in our city.

Jordan Crossing low res

Among those interred there is Samuel Morris aka Prince Kaboo. “Sammy”, as he was

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Posted on November 09, 2014 at 9:00:39 am by The History Center

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 ... More ›

Posted on October 09, 2014 at 10:00:46 am by The History Center

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 ... More ›

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:00:17 am by The History Center

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 ... More ›

Posted on September 09, 2014 at 10:00:39 am by The History Center

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 ... More ›

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