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 2 - 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

Watch for the 2017 Miami Indian Heritage Days schedule here.




                                           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

Museum Hours

9am - 5pm Monday - Thursday

9am - 8pm Friday and Saturday

12pm - 5pm Sunday

Closed Thanksgiving Day


Festival of Gingerbread Schedule of Events: 

Wednesday, November 23rd - 3:00pm - 9:00pm Downtown Lighting Night

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

Saturday, November 26th - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Handprint Reindeer Puppet, $1 plus regular museum admission 

Sunday, November 27th - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Legend of the Gingerbread Ornament, $1 plus regular museum admission 

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

Saturday, December 3rd - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Santa Claus at the History Center

Sunday, December 4th - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Storytelling Presented by United Way's Real Men Read

Saturday, December 10th - 8:30am Gingerbread Pursuit: For more information or to register, go to

Saturday, December 10th - 1:00pm - 4:00pm Science of Sugary Structures: Sponsored by PNC Bank & Presented by Science Central. $3 plus regular admission

Sunday, December 11th - 1:00pm - 4:00pm Cookie Decorating Party: Presented by Country Kitchen. $1 each, plus regular admission

Sunday, December 11th - Festival of Gingerbread Final Day

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. 


 The History Center | 302 East Berry Street | Fort Wayne, Indiana | 46802 | v. 260.426.2882 | f.260.424.4419
Home of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society 

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