News release from the History Center:
History Center announces George R. Mather Lecture Series for 2014-15
(September 23, 2014) – Biographies of persons important in Allen County and Fort Wayne history will be the focus of lectures this year at the George R. Mather Lecture Series at the History Center. Several of the lecturers are authors presenting on their most current books.
Sponsored by the Dunsire Family Foundation, all lectures in this series are free to the public and are held at the museum, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, at 2 pm on the first Sunday of October and November as well as January through June. The April lecture will occur one week later than usual due to the Easter holiday.
This year’s schedule includes:
- October 5, Robert Matzen “Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3” (lecture and book signing)
- November 2, Ruth Ann Ingraham ” ‘Cap’ Cornish, Indiana Pilot: Navigating the Century of Flight” (lecture and book signing)
- January 4, Marsha Wright “Life Lessons Learned from a WASP” (lecture and book signing)
- February 1, Dr. John Aden “William Warfield Renaissance Man of Color 1868-1936”
- March 1, Barbara Olenyik Morrow “Hardwood Glory: A Life of John Wooden” (lecture and book signing)
- April 12, William Heath “William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest” (lecture and book signing)
- May 3, Mark GiaQuinta “Samuel Hanna”
- June 7, Harriet Miller “The Amazing Life of Fort Wayne’s Minette Baum, 1879-1956”
The George R. Mather Lecture Series was founded by the Rev. Mather in 1993. In the early 1990s, while serving as a member of the History Center’s board of directors, Mather proposed a series of free Sunday afternoon lectures so that everyone would have the opportunity to learn more about history that played a significant role in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Those lectures have been a staple of the History Center’s programming ever since.
The History Center’s award winning blog, “History Center Notes and Queries”,Â supplements the Mather Lectures and the History Center’s publications such as the “Old Fort News” and provides 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 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 www.fwhistorycenter.com.