Mather Lectures Series | Festival of Gingerbread | Special Events | Barr Street Market


The George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series 

In 1993, while serving on the board of directors at the History Center, the Rev. George R. Mather proposed a series of free Sunday afternoon lectures on topics that influenced Fort Wayne and Allen County history. This lecture series has been renamed in his memory.

The George R. Mather Lecture Series is made possible with support from
the Dunsire Family Foundation.

All lectures in this series are free to the public and begin at 2 p.m.  


2015-2016 George R. Mather Lecture Series schedule:

October 4, 2015, Craig Leonard and Randy Harter, Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, lecture and book signing

November 1, 2015, Kayleen Reusser, WWII Legacies: Stories or Northeast Indiana Veterans, lecture and book signing

January 3, 2016, Mike Keefer, Poached Yeggs: (Or, the Story of the Robbery of Broadway State Bank, August 20, 1930)

February 7, 2016, Dr. Timothy Lake, Finding Things Left Behind: Indiana’s African American Public Markers

March 6, 2016, Johnny Warren, A Yankee Sea Captain on the Indiana Frontier: The Life & Times of Captain Asa Fairfield

April 3, 2016, Chuck Knox, The Discovery Development & Abandonment of the Lima-Indiana, the World’s First Giant Oil & Natural Gas Field

May 1, 2016, Karen Richards, Sin in the Summit City

June 5, 2016, Keith Layman, The Forts of Fort Wayne



The History Center gratefully acknowledges these entities for their support of our programs :





Miami Indian Heritage Days

at the Chief Richardville House

5705 Bluffton Road

 First Saturday of each month May - November.
 Click here for our 2015 schedule!




The Barr Street Market c. 1893 (left) and the Barr Street Market today. 


Saturdays May - September, 9am-1pm

 Each summer, the History Center, in partnership with Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, presents a Farmers Market at the historic marketplace on the corner of Wayne and Barr Streets. 

Vendors offer a range of fresh produce, including fruits and vegetables, as well as cheese, baked goods, maple syrups, apple butter, apple cider, spices and herbs. Non-food vendors include products such as soaps and lotions, jewelry, sewn handbags and children's clothing.

Enjoy acoustic entertainment as well as hands-on activities for children.



Festival of Gingerbread

Registration for the 2015 Festival of Gingerbread is now open! To enter fill out this form and return it to the History Center

Download the form here.

Don't miss the 30th year of this Fort Wayne Holiday tradition! The Festival of Gingerbread features over 100 confectionery creations every year. Events throughout the Festival include crafts, games, storytelling, and visits from a very jolly guest!

Schedule of Events for Festival of Gingerbread 2015:

November 6: Entry Deadline for Gingerbread Houses

November 24: Festival of Gingerbread Preview Gala, 5:30-7:30pm: $25 per person

November 25: Downtown Lighting Night, 3-9pm: $3 per person, Santa arrives at 5pm!

November 27: Festival of Gingerbread Opening Day

November 28: Legend of the Gingerbread Ornament, 1-3pm:
$1 plus regular museum admission

November 29: Handprint Reindeer Puppet, 1-3pm: $1 plus regular museum admission

December 1: Free Night, 5-9pm: Sponsored by AEP
Indiana-Michigan Power

December 5: Santa Claus at the History Center, 1-3pm

December 6: Storytelling, 1-3pm: Presented by United Way’s
Real Men Read & Women United

December 12: Gingerbread Pursuit, 8:30am: For more information or to register, go to

December 12: Science of Sugary Structures, 1-4pm: Sponsored by PNC Bank & presented by Science Central. $3 plus regular museum admission

December 13: Cookie Decorating Party, 1-4pm: $1 each, plus regular museum admission

December 13: Festival of Gingerbread Final Day


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