The History Center in downtown Fort Wayne will present eight topics in a COVID-19-sensitive fashion as part of the George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series in 2020-21.
Lectures begin at 2 p.m. and are free to the public. The History Center showcases the history of Fort Wayne and Allen County at 302 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne.
Jack Lawson will present the first lecture, on Oct. 4, speaking on “Historical Weaponry: Artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Civil War and More.”
Lectures will be offered virtually or in-person in accordance with state COVID-19 guidelines. The public is urged to follow the series on Facebook to receive updates. Those interested also may register with the History Center via email to receive updates about how to access the lectures virtually. To register, send an email with your name, email address and whether you are a History Center member to firstname.lastname@example.org.
George R. Mather lectures are made possible through the support of the Floyd and Betty Lou Lancia Family Foundation.
The 2020-2021 schedule of speakers also includes:
Nov.1, 2020: Daryl Baldwin — “Myaamiaataweenki: The Myaamia (Miami) Language.”
Jan. 3, 2021: Blake Sebring — Bob Chase Celebrated (lecture and book signing)
Feb. 7, 2021: Todd Maxwell Pelfrey — “Centennial Heritage: 100 Years of the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society.” Pelfrey is the executive director of The History Center.
March 7, 2021: Jennifer L. Boen — “Asylum of Hope, Help and Sometimes Horror: Fort Wayne’s Institutional Care for People with Disabilities”
April 4, 2021: Ray A. Boomhower — “Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary” (lecture and book signing)
May 2, 2021: Ron Menze — “The Influence of the Confluence: Images from the Past of Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers”
June 6, 2021: Bill Ringenberg and Matthew Ringenberg – “Alice Hamilton of Fort Wayne: Scientist and Social Reformer” (lecture and book signing)
The History Center collects collects, preserves and shares historic artifacts, documents and images that describe local history.