July Heritage Days features pottery, stone crafts & tools

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July Heritage Days features pottery, stone crafts & tools
Miami Indian Heritage Days July 3 program features Erik Vosteen, one of the region’s leading authorities on ancient lifeways.

(June 15, 2010) – Vosteen will demonstrate the use and construction of traditional Great Lakes pottery, stone crafts and tools at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne.

Sponsored by the History Center, Miami Indian Heritage Days programs are held from 1-4 pm on the first Saturday of the month, May through November, and feature local artists, performers, and representatives from the Miami Indians and other Native American groups demonstrating aspects of their lasting heritage for the public to enjoy.

Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville built a trading empire in this area that made him the richest man in Indiana by the time of his death in 1841. His home, built in 1827, is one of the premier attractions in the Historical Society’s collection since the restoration of the building’s exterior. Today his house is recognized as the oldest Native American dwelling in the Midwest and the first Greek Revival style house in northeast Indiana.

For more information, contact the History Center at (260) 426-2882 or visit the website at www.fwhistorycenter.com.

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