William Wells is, in my opinion, the most important relatively unknown figure of not only the history of this region but of American history. Had Wells made a different decision, Anthony Wayne would not have defeated the Indians of this region.
How did I become interested in genealogy, colonization and Fort Wayne history? To fully answer that question, you will need to accompany me on a journey that began many years ago, during my junior year at Elmhurst High School. A life altering moment happened one day in my U.S. History class that was being taught by Mr. Robert Passwater.
The War of 1812 will be the focus of the first two lectures in the 2013-14 George R. Mather Lecture Series at the History Center.
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.
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.
Roberta Ridley explains her discoveries of writings that informed her of both enslaved and free people of color in the Indiana Territory (1800), in the state (1816), and in “Fort” Wayne, founded in 1794, and the town, which was incorporated in 1829.