News release from the History Center:
Weekend events for the History Center focus on Miami Indians
(July 31, 2012) – Miami Indian Heritage Days on Saturday at the Chief Richardville House will feature Katrina Mitten showcasing Native American Bead Work.
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.
Admission for each Saturday event is $7 adults and $5 students and seniors ages 59+. History Center members and children ages 2 and under are free. Admission also includes the opportunity to visit the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in March, 2012.
A Sunday lecture and book signing by author William Heath will focus on Heath’s novel about William Wells, “Blacksnake’s Path: The True Adventures of William Wells”. The free program begins at 2 p.m.
Heath spent twelve years researching his work, centering the book on the years 1779-1812. Wells was captured by the Miami in 1784 at age 13 and spent the rest of his life moving between the Native Americans and the United States government, fighting the Americans, translating and traveling with chiefs and eventually dying during the Fort Dearborn Massacre in 1812.
For more information, contact the History Center at (260) 426-2882 or visit the website at.