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Press release from The History Center:

History Center announces upcoming events

(September 27, 2010) – John Beatty, local historian and genealogist, will be the featured speaker for the October 3 George R. Mather Lecture at the History Center.

Beatty’s presentation is entitled “Stephen Douglas and the Presidential Campaign of 1860”.

The 2010-2011 Mather Sunday Lecture Series is sponsored by The Dunsire Family Foundation. All lectures in this series are free to the public and are held at the History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne at 2 pm.

The fall offerings will end on November 7 with a lecture and book signing by Joe Krom entitled “Between Two Cultures: The Home of William Wells and Sweet Breeze at Fort Wayne”.

Krom’s latest book is “Heart of a Warrior” about William Wells and his Miami Indian wife, Sweet Breeze.

The lecture series will take a break in December for the 25th annual Festival of Gingerbread and begin again in January.

M.I.A.M.I. (Miami Indiana Alliance of Miami Indians) will present programs on October 2 at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, about traditional wikiami building and cattail matting.

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free to children 5 and under as well as History Center members.

November 6 and 7 is Traders Days. Vendors, craftsmen and artists sell quality Native American items including fine art, gourd work, beading, carved wood pieces, corn husk dolls, Christmas ornaments, Native American shields, jewelry, clothing, feather work, homemade baked goods and more.

Traders Days events are free to the public and are open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

The History Center now has a blog with postings from local historians and writers: “History Center Notes and Queries”.

The blog is intended to supplement the History Center’s publications such as the “Old Fort News” and provide information for those wishing to know more about our community as they explore the museum and other historical sites in the city and county.

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