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.  

October 5, Robert Matzen "Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3" (lecture and book signing)

November 2, Ruth Ann Ingraham " 'Cap' Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of Flight" (lecture and book signing)

January 4, Marsha Wright "Life Lessons Learned from a WASP" (lecture and book signing)

February 1, Dr. John Aden "William Warfield Renaissance Man of Color 1868-1936"

March 1, Barbara Olenyik Morrow "Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden" (lecture and book signing)

April 12, William Heath "William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest" (lecture and book signing )

May 3, Mark GiaQuinta "Samuel Hanna"

June 7, Harriet Miller "The Amazing Life of Fort Wayne's Minette Baum, 1879-1956"



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!




Special Events:  

Three Rivers Festival Events:


July 10-18 10am-5pm

Visit the History Center to discover Fort Wayne railroad history up close and personal. This impressive model train show from T.R.A.I.N.S. will be on display in the History Center during the Three Rivers Festival.

Follow the Pipes

July 12-14

The History Center and the American Guild of Organists present a tour of Fort Wayne pipe organs with performances at each location.

Contact the History Center for a detailed schedule of locations. Sponsored by the American Guild of Organists & The History Center.

Dearly Departed

July 11, 4:30-7pm

Join ARCH for a tour through historic Lindenwood Cemetery and hear stories of 15 Fort Wayne citizens whose lives have a City street or park named in their honor. Free admission. Sponsored by ARCH, Inc, History Center & Lindenwood Cemetery. Lindenwood Cemetery, 2324 W. Main St

Bottle & Bottega on Barr Street

July 18, 6:00-8:30pm

Join us to paint outside at the historic Barr Street Market (the oldest public space in Fort Wayne, dating back to 1837) with Bottle & Bottega! Proceeds from this event will go to benefit the History Center.

Reserve your spot here!


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

Thanks to you--Festival of Gingerbread 2014--was a great success! We look forward to our 30th year in 2015! For photos of Festival of Gingerbread from this and past years, go to our Facebook page.


Here are a few "teasers" to entice you.

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