News release from the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust:
DAR Recognizes Allen County Courthouse for Historic Preservation
(September 8, 2015) – On Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm, at the Allen County Courthouse, The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will award the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust the DAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award. The Historic Preservation Recognition Award recognizes and honors a group that has done remarkable work at the community level.
The award recognizes achievements in all areas of historic preservation: buildings, landmarks, monuments, statues, museum collections, manuscripts, documents, and archival materials. It also includes writing or compiling and publishing books on historic preservation projects, historical properties, genealogical and court house records, and photography collections; as well as compiling oral histories and serving as historical guides, interpreters or docents.
Construction on the Allen County Courthouse was completed in 1902. The visionary leaders of the day wished to provide a gift to future generations that expressed the dignity of the government and the grandeur of the law through the building’s architecture and art.
In 1994, the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust, Inc. was formed and began the task of restoring all of its artistic elements. Thanks to an outpouring of community support, the restoration was complete in time for the 2002 celebration of the building’s 100th anniversary.
About the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 2,700 chapters and 178,000 members worldwide, the DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter in Fort Wayne was formed in 1901. To learn more about the work of the DAR, visit www.DAR.org or the chapter’s website at https://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inmpwcd/