200@200 : December — Commemorating the Ages
Date:
1916
Title:
Indiana Centennial Pin
Description:
In 1916 counties, cities, towns, and organizations across Indiana put on pageants and developed other projects to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of statehood. Fort Wayne's pageant was held in Reservoir Park, titled "The Glorious Gateway of the West." Eleven hundred city residents participated as actors in the six—act pageant, named after a Chief Little Turtle quote, which described the portage of the three rivers as a glorious gateway.

This centennial pin was given to a young girl by her father during the Indiana centennial celebrations. She cherished the pin throughout her life and personally donated it to the History Center 94 years later amidst the Indiana bicentennial planning. In the center, the pin features the likeness of General Anthony Wayne with text along the outside edge. On the reverse, it is marked "Compliments of Perfection Biscuit Company."
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Fort Wayne's Indiana Centennial Celebration, pageant stage and stands 1916Fort Wayne's Indiana Centennial Celebration, pageant stage and stands 1916
Fort Wayne's Indiana Centennial Celebration, audience crowds 1916Fort Wayne's Indiana Centennial Celebration, audience crowds 1916
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