Mather Lecture 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.  

                                     2016-2017 Lecture Series schedule:

October 1 - Margaret Hobson - The Personal Civil War of Fort Wayne’s Col. Hugh B. Reed,1861-1890. Lecture and book signing.

November 6 - Cindy Thies - Lesser-Known First Ladies - 1825-1853: Concurrent Events on the Frontier in Indiana, Allen County and Fort Wayne 

January 8 - Don Orban - Three Rivers: A Brief History

February 5 - Anthony Conley - War as a Tool for Group Uplift: African American Thought & Wartime Military Service in the 20th Century

March 5 - Blake Sebring - Indiana’s All-Time Greatest Sports Stories

April 2 - Diane Groenert - Birthing a Book; From Sketching to Self-Publishing. Lecture and book signing.

May 7 - Melissa Rinehart - Northern Indiana... At the Crossroads of Many Cultures

June 4 - Shari Wagner - When the Past Reappears:Imagining People & Places of Northeast Indiana through Poetry. Lecture and book signing.

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

May 7 - Medicine Woman Drummers

June 4 - Miami Beadwork with Katrina Mitten

July 2 – Cookware from Local Clays: Making and Using Replica Native Style Pottery with Erik Vosteen

August 6 – Work and Play Among Native Peoples: Games of the Miami with Craig Arnold, Diane Hunter, & Doug Peconge

September 3 - Wikiami Cattail Matting with M.I.A.M.I (Miami Indian Alliance of Miami Indians)

October 1 – Miami Harvest: Edible and Usable Plants and Materials with Dani Tippmann

November 5, 10-5pm & November 6, 12-4pm - Traders Days: Traditional Miami and regional tribes’ crafts, goods, and wares for sale, as well as hands-on demonstrations and interactive educational programs. Free to the public.        


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


Saturdays May - September, 9am-1pm

See you next Summer!                                                                 

Festival of Gingerbread

The 2016 Festival of Gingerbread is upon us! All of us at the History Center would like to send good wishes to the entrants this year. Have you sketched out your house yet? Do you have a plan? We can't wait to see all of your beautiful creations! Good Luck!

The official Festival of Gingerbread entry form is linked here. This includes the categories, dimension requirements, rules, and deadlines. 

Festival of Gingerbread Schedule of Events: 

Friday, November 4th - 5:00pm Entry Form Deadline

Thursday, November 17th - 10:00am - 7:00pm House drop-off

Friday, November 18th - 10:00am - 7:00pm House drop-off

Sunday, November 20th - 2:00pm Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, November 23rd - 5:00pm - 9:00pm Downtown Lighting Night

Friday, November 25th - 9:00am - 8:00pm Opening Day of the Festival

Tuesday, November 29th 5:00pm - 9:00pm Free Night at the Festival Sponsored by AEP

Sunday, December 11th 12:00 - 5:00pm Closing Day of the Festival

Monday, December 12th 10:00am - 5:00pm House Pick-up

Tuesday, December 13th 10:00am - 5:00pm House Pick-up

If you cannot pick up during these times, please call (260)426-2882 ext. 309, to make other arrangements. 


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Home of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society 

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