War runs through the fabric of not only our nation's history, but our city's history as well. Established as a fort by General Anthony Wayne in 1794 to secure this strategic location near important transportation routes and the nearby Miami village of Kekionga, Fort Wayne has had a military aspect since the very beginning. Statehood soon followed the cessation of major military engagements within the lands that would become the state of Indiana. Since that time, Hoosiers from the northeast corner of the state have continued in earnest and by varied means to maintain our national safety and security.
Throughout our history, war has played an integral part in Fort Wayne's growth and development. Often, the pivotal points of history converge on these defining moments: loss and victory. From sending soldiers to participate in every major conflict in our nation's history to the home front production of war supplies and materiel, contributions from Allen County are found throughout the national military narrative.
Be sure to visit our virtual exhibit page again in December to view the last 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.