FORT WAYNE—Sue Lester will display traditional Miami Indian clothing research and fabrication at the June 1 “Miami Indian Heritage Days” at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road.
The Chief Richardville House was named a National Historic Landmark this past year, one of only two in Allen County and one of only 38 in the state of Indiana. Miami Chief Jean Baptiste de Richardville built a trading empire in this area that made him the richest man in Indiana by the time of his death in 1841. His home, built in 1827, is one of the premier attractions in the Historical Society’s collection since the restoration of the building’s exterior. Today, his house is recognized as the oldest Native American dwelling in the Midwest and the first Greek Revival style house in northeast Indiana.
Sponsored by the History Center, Miami Indian Heritage Days programs are held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. History Center members and children ages two and under are free. Admission also includes the opportunity to visit the Chief Richardville House.
The season’s other programs are:
July 6, Andrew Knight–Miami Weaponry
August 3, Katrina Mitten–Miami bead work
September 7, Dani Tippman–“Miami Harvest” on edible and usable plants and materials
October 5, M.I.A.M.I. (Miami Indian Alliance of Miami Indians)–wikiami building and cattail matting
November 2-3, Traders Days–Vendors, craftsmen and artists sell quality Native American items. Traders Days events are free to the public and are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Photos of last year’s programs can be found on 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.