200@200 : January — Iconic Fort Wayne

Icon: (noun) a widely known symbol

In determining what was "iconic" about Fort Wayne, the term itself brought up debate: does the word refer to people? Places? Experiences? We put the question to you, and a range of answers came back to us. Some answers were thoughtful, scholarly reflections on individuals who influenced history, others were heartfelt reminiscences about significant memories in Fort Wayne. What began to take shape was a spectrum of answers that speaks to the diversity of experience and values of the city we call home.

The artifacts selected for this inaugural month of 200@200 represent what resonates with many residents as iconic Fort Wayne, as well as those lesser known figures who have played key roles in shaping our community into what it is today. Individuals such as Anthony Wayne and Little Turtle, companies like International Harvester, and experiences such as shopping at Wolf & Dessauer all encompass the significance of the statement "I am from Fort Wayne".

Be sure to visit our virtual exhibit page again in February to view the next installment of 200@200: Contention for the Confluence.

What is 200@200?

As Indiana embarks on its bicentennial anniversary and reflects on past challenges, successes, and opportunities, we too reflect on 200 years of our part of Indiana. How has Fort Wayne changed? What have we discovered? What will we take with us into the next century?

The 200@200 project is a celebration of Fort Wayne's legacy of progress throughout Indiana's 200 years of history. Using artifacts from the museum's collection of 28,000 objects, the History Center will tell 200 unique stories of Fort Wayne's role in the 200 years of Indiana's statehood throughout the 2016 bicentennial year. Each month highlights a different historical theme and presents a collective mosaic of the community's shared past and present, commemorating the progress, growth, and creativity of the "Summit City." Each month's theme will be featured in a virtual exhibit and in person at the History Center.

The History Center is honored to share that 200@200 has been endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as an official Legacy Project. WANE serves as the project's media sponsor. Stop by the History Center to view these artifacts in person during 2016.

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