Miami Indian Heritage Days, lectures & free Saturday mornings

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News release from the History Center:

Miami Indian Heritage Days, lectures & free Saturday mornings highlight History Center offerings in June

(May 19, 2014) – The History Center will be busy this June with several events taking place at both the museum, located at 302 East Berry in downtown Fort Wayne, and the Chief Richardville House.

Sue Lester will display traditional Miami Indian clothing research and fabrication at the June 7 “Miami Indian Heritage Days” at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne.

The Chief Richardville House is recognized as the oldest Native American structure in the Midwest, the first Greek Revival style house in Indiana, and the only extant Treaty House in the nation. The Chief Richardville House, Akima Pinsiwa Awiiki, was named a National Historic Landmark in 2012.

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.

Admission for each Saturday event is $7 adults and $5 students and seniors. History Center members and children ages 5 and under are free. Admission also includes the opportunity to receive a guided tour of the Chief Richardville House.


Blake Sebring of “The News-Sentinel” will give his Mather Lecture, rescheduled from January, on June 8 on “Fort Wayne Sports History”. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

What would a Fort Wayne Sports Hall of Fame look like? Sebring will answer that question and look at other facets of Fort Wayne Sports from the perspective of a sports reporter and city native who has covered the Komets for 23 seasons. Sebring has written a book about the city’s sports history, one of seven works he has published in his career. He will autograph copies of his latest book, which is for sale in the History Center’s gift shop.


The popular Barr Street Farmer’s Market presented by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana in collaboration with the History Center is now open for the season and runs each Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission to the History Center is free during the market hours. This summer, market goers will be invited to help create a history time-line as part of the events.

A variety of vendors offer fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and other food products as well as jewelry, crafts and other activities for adults and children each week on the market, which is located at the corner of Wayne and Barr streets behind the History Center in downtown Fort Wayne.


The History Center has expanded its educational offerings to the community by a new group of virtual exhibits available on the organization’s website home page. The virtual exhibits join the History Center blog, “History Center Notes and Queries”, as another vehicle for learning more about Allen County and Fort Wayne history. The blog is available at

The virtual exhibits and the blog supplement the Mather Lectures and the History Center’s publications such as the “Old Fort News”, providing information for those wishing to know more about our community as they explore the museum and other historical sites in the city and county. New posts to the virtual exhibits and blog can also be found via the History Center’s Facebook page.

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

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