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

‚ÄčMay 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

Each summer, the History Center, in partnership with Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, presents the Barr Street 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.                      


Festival of Gingerbread

The 2015 Festival of Gingerbread was another great success! While you wait for information for Festival of Gingerbread 2016. Check out our facebook page for photos of the 2015 Festival.


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