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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.

  •    October 1, 2017 - Rev. Dr. Gary Erdos presents "Lutherans on the Frontier:          From Luther and Germany to a New World"

  •    November 5, 2017 - Dr. Timothy L. Wilkerson presents "Walking Backwards:        Fort Wayne's Colonial French Past and the Writing of History"

   January 7, 2018 - Jason Kissel presents "ACRES Land Trust: Preserving Places                                        and Their History"

        February 4, 2018 - Dr. Alfred Brothers, Jr. presents "The Fort Wayne Colored Giants"

        March 4, 2018 - Cynthia Thies presents "Lesser-Known First Ladies - 1865 to 1892: From the                 Farms to the Factories-The Age of Invention and Industry"

        April 1, 2018 - Kayleen Reusser presents "They Did It for Honor: Stories of American World War II           Veterans"

        May 6, 2018 - Jim Pickett presents "1790 Old Northwest and the Battle of Kekionga"

        June 3, 2018 - Connie Haas Zuber presents "Great Alleys of Fort Wayne: Yesterday, Today and               Tomorrow

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.  



Miami Indian Heritage Days

at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road
First Saturday of each month May - November 1-4 pm on the dates listed.
Programs include a Guided tour of the Chief Richardville House.

  • May 6, Medicine Woman Singers: Experience Traditional Miami Drumming, Singing and Dancing
  • June 3, Miami Beadwork with Katrina Mitten
  • July 1, Cookware from Local Clays: Making and Using Replica Native Style Pottery with Eric Vosteen
  • August 5, Miami Lacrosse Stick Making with Diane Hunter and Doug Peconge
  • September 2, Miami Harvest: Edible and Usable Plants and Materials with Dani Tippmann
  • October 7, Wikiami Cattail Matting at the Longhouse with M.I.A.M.I. (Miami Indian Alliance of Miami Indians)
  • November 4, 10-5pm November 5 12-4pm Traders’ Days: shop for traditional crafts, goods & wares, and enjoy hands-on demonstrations & interactive educational programs. Free to the Public.

Admission: $7 adults
$5 seniors and youth
Free for History Center members

Barr Street Farmers Market


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

                        See you next year!

Festival of Gingerbread

2017 Festival of Gingerbread is almost here! Click here for an entry form.

November 22, 2017    Night of Lights, 3-9pm. $3 per person

November 24, 2017    Festival of Gingerbread opens

December 10, 2017    Closing day of the Festival

Special Festival Hours (unless otherwise noted):

Monday through Thursday - 9am to 5pm
Friday and Saturday - 9am to 8pm
Sunday - 12pm to 5pm


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