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.  


2015-2016 George R. Mather Lecture Series schedule:

October 4, 2015, Craig Leonard and Randy Harter, Legendary Locals of Fort Wayne, lecture and book signing

November 1, 2015, Kayleen Reusser, WWII Legacies: Stories or Northeast Indiana Veterans, lecture and book signing

January 3, 2016, Mike Keefer, Poached Yeggs: (Or, the Story of the Robbery of Broadway State Bank, August 20, 1930)            

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February 7, 2016, Dr. Timothy Lake, Finding Things Left Behind: Indiana’s African American Public Markers

March 6, 2016, Johnny Warren, A Yankee Sea Captain on the Indiana Frontier: The Life & Times of Captain Asa Fairfield

April 3, 2016, Chuck Knox, The Discovery Development & Abandonment of the Lima-Indiana, the World’s First Giant Oil & Natural Gas Field

May 1, 2016, Karen Richards, Sin in the Summit City

June 5, 2016, Keith Layman, The Forts of Fort Wayne

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

Three Rivers Festival Events 


Model railroad display Friday, July 8 - Saturday, July 16

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm

Fort Wayne Youththeatre

Fort Wayne Youththeatre presents a performance for Indiana's Bicentennial, Celebrate Indiana

Sunday, July 10 at 5:30pm and Thursday, July 14 at 6:30pm

Follow the Pipes 

Tuesday, July 12

10am - Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 West Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

11 am - Zion Evangelical Lutheran, 2313 South Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Wednesday, July 13

1pm - Parkview Randallia Chapel, 2200 Randallia Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

2pm - Salem United Church of Christ, 2401 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

3pm - Forest Park United Methodist Church, 2100 Kentucky Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Thursday, July 14

7pm - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1122 S Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802

8pm - Embassy Theatre, 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802


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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