History Center announces 2018-2019 Mather Lecture Series
(September 20, 2018) â€” The History Center is proud to announce the presenters for the 2018-2019 George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series. All lectures are held at 2pm at the History Center and are free to the public. All George R. Mather lectures are made possible through the generous support of the Floyd and Betty Lou Lancia Family Foundation.
The History Center will begin the George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series on October 7. Author Jennifer Clark will peel back the Appleseed myth using sketches, portraits, and maps gathered during research for her recent book on Johnny Appleseed. The lives of those who have been dismissed from the Appleseed narrative, including women and people of color, will also be discussed.
The 2018-2019 schedule of speakers is as follows:
- October 7, 2018: Jennifer Clark – Johnny Appleseed: The Slice and Times of John Chapman
- November 4, 2018: Tony Garel-Frantzen – Hoosier Aviator Paul Baer: America’s First Combat Ace
- January 6, 2019: John Beatty – Susan Man McCulloch: Heirloom Fruits and Traditional Recipes
- February 3, 2019: Jane Gastineau – “For the Union, first, last and always”? â€” Allen County during the Civil War
- March 3, 2019: Terri Gorney – Stockbridge Audubon Society – Celebrating 120th Anniversary
- April 7, 2019: Mark Souder – Hugh McCulloch & the Origins of Professional Baseball
- May 5, 2019: Cynthia Thies – Lesser-Known First Ladies – 1897 to 1923: A New Century Arrives – The Progressives, Ragtime and All That Jazz
- June 2, 2019: Ronald V. Morris, Ph.D – The History of Indiana State Forests
The History Center serves present and future generations by collecting, preserving, and sharing historic artifacts, documents, and images that describe the people, places, and events that define Fort Wayne and Allen County history.