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 :


The History Center is hosting Who Is a Hoosier?, one of the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS's) newest traveling exhibitions, beginning Wednesday, October 5. The exhibition will be on display at The History Center, located at 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne. The makeup of Indiana’s communities has changed over time, molded by the contributions of a wide range of ethnic groups. Many people ask “What is a Hoosier?”—and Indiana natives take pride in their nickname. Today people with many different backgrounds now identify themselves as Hoosiers. The comings and goings of newcomers to this state, through immigration or migration, have created the Indiana we know today—and will continue to shape its future. Pioneer settlers, 19th-century immigrants, and modern arrivals alike experienced the universal struggle to build a life in a new place while balancing traditional values with loyalty to a new country. In this traveling exhibit, maps and informational graphics highlight the statistical impact of changing ethnic groups, while photographs from various IHS collections and institutions all over the state bring to life the personal stories of immigration. Who Is a Hoosier? is made possible by Kroger.

Miami Indian Heritage Days at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road,
 runs the first Saturday of each month May through November.

 For this year's schedule, see Chief Richardville House.





 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.



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

Festival of Gingerbread 2014 Program Schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 5:00PM to 9:00PM Visit Santa Claus in the Orientation Room during Lighting Night, $3 per person

Saturday, November 29th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM Create Your Own Ornament, $1 plus regular museum admission

Sunday, November 30th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM Holidays around the World, $1 plus regular museum admission

Tuesday, December 2nd, 5:00PM to 9:00PM AEP Indiana Michigan Power Free Night Free Book Giveaway by Women United

Saturday, December 6th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM Visit Santa Claus this afternoon at the History Center, regular museum admission

Sunday, December 7th, 1:00PM to 3:00PM Storytelling with Real Men Read, regular museum admission

Saturday, December 13th, 1:00PM to 4:00PM “Science of Sugary Structures” Presented by Science Central. Explore sturdy (and not so sturdy) structures by making your own edible creation, $3 plus regular museum admission

Sunday, December 14th, 1:00PM to 4:00PM Cookie Decorating Party, $1 plus regular museum admission

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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