For June we turn to Coming Together-the organizations, groups, places and shared experiences that bind people together and help to build a city identity. This sense of community offers many appealing features of a broad societal relationship: safety, familiarity, support and loyalty, as well as a sense of appreciation. Neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, institutions, associations and organizations that provide support and enjoyment all meet our needs creating a community people can belong to.
From the earliest beginnings of Fort Wayne, citizens have joined together to meet the needs of the people. Early houses of worship brought people together who shared common beliefs in order to grow their faith. Schools educated our children to become contributing members of society- first through private and parochial schools and then with the development of free, public education. Hospitals provided deep commitment to the community, enhancing our health and well-being. Clubs and organizations provided meeting opportunities for like-minded individuals who supported our community growth.
The people, history, values, characteristics and beliefs that make up Fort Wayne provide a foundation for the core of our community. The journey we call life isn't always trouble-free, but it seems easier when we have people by our sides to share the ride.
Be sure to visit our virtual exhibit page again in July to view the next installment of 200@200.
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.