200@200 : July — Forward through Innovation

Innovation can be defined as a new idea, device, or method, as well as the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods. Fort Wayne and its surrounding area have been unusually creative, energetic, visionary, and entrepreneurial. In fact, several of the innovations and inventions that began in Fort Wayne and Allen County have had a worldwide impact, illustrating the creative character of the people of our community.

Innovation continues to grow and develop in Fort Wayne with new industries providing much needed materials and devices to the public, including applications of technology that create jobs and generate long-term economic impact. Fort Wayne has been favored with passionate innovators who had the courage to pursue their ideas despite uncertainty for success and the drive to innovate will continue to carry the Summit City into the future.

Be sure to visit our virtual exhibit page again in August 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.

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