- Organization Name:Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, Inc.
- Address:302 E. Berry St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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The mission of the Allen County – Fort Wayne Historical Society, Inc. is to serve present and future generations by collecting, preserving and sharing artifacts, documents and images that describe the people, places and events that define Fort Wayne and Allen County history.
The Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, commonly called the History Center, is our area's preeminent repository of local history and heritage from the ice age to present day. With a vast collection of information and artifacts at the ready, we have entered the digital age in order to provide a more in-depth look into our past.
Though open to the general public, our primary focus is student education, and it is in that endeavor where we continue to progress. We offer to local and area schools the opportunity to visit our museum free of admission fees that could hinder some.
Founded in 1921, the museum began to build its collection from the artifacts, images and documents brought together by the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Initially, the collection was exhibited in the Allen County Courthouse. The organization has since actively collected and preserved the current 27,000 artifacts, 19,000 images and considerable archives that serve as symbols of the generations that have built and framed the community.
The History Center’s mission describes well what the organization does in order to recapture and replicate our community’s past. Through acquiring historic artifacts and images, devising sententious exhibits, and by interpreting these symbols, the History Center is a visual educational institution.
At the beginning, members met in public meeting spots or in their homes. By 1927, the museum moved into the former Sweeney Homestead in which it stayed until 1980. The next move was to the City of Fort Wayne’s former City Hall in which we are currently housed. The 1893 building is probably the History Center’s most resplendent artifact.
In 1991, the Society acquired the 1827 Chief Richardville House, named after the former Miami Indian civil chief. The house was restored and opened as a Museum House in 2004. The house and grounds are the site of the Miami Indian Heritage Days Program. The Chief Richardville House was recently awarded the National Historic Landmark citation; one of only two awarded in our community.
A second acquisition, the Barr Street Market, was granted by the city in 1991. This has been the site of the old city market, and more recently, community gatherings: now again the site of a farmers’ market. The most recent addition was the purchase of the off-site collections storage facility in 2012.
The three priority programs for the History Center are the K-12 grade student group tours, the Miami Indian Heritage Days, and the monthly George R. Mather Lecture Series. Other well known events are the traditional holiday Festival of Gingerbread and the annual Buffalo Tro at the Chief Richardville House. The Biannual journal, Old Fort News, is filled with historical accounts of people and events of the community’s past.
- Year established:1921
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
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