ARCH just finished another successful Fun and Free Lecture series this past winter and spring. Every year these great lectures allow ARCH to inform and entertain the public, but to also ensure that Fort Wayne’s community and heritage is reflected upon and continues to be preserved. This year’s lecture roster, like years past, provides a broad range of topics that appeal to the public.
The series started with an ARCH Board Member, David Lupke, presenting a lecture on some of Fort Wayne’s historic bars and taverns. Later in the series, Randy Harter gave the audience a brief glimpse of his extensive Fort Wayne postcard collection and some fun facts about some of Fort Wayne’s past landmarks. ARCH’s Board President, Karen Richards presented another edition of the ever-popular “Vanished Fort Wayne” lecture. Our Executive Director presented a lecture on Fort Wayne in 1816 to coincide with our state’s bicentennial celebration. Our last lecture of the year, ARCH’s Historic Preservation Specialist Jill McDevitt briefed our audience on some of Fort Wayne’s Industrial Historic Districts and the rich history they have brought to Fort Wayne.
The Fun and Free Lecture Series is a part of ARCH’s community education program and is funded in part by Arts United, Lincoln Financial Foundation, the Foellinger Foundation, the Community Foundation, Wilson Foundation, and the English-Bonter Mitchell Foundation.
ARCH would like to thank all of you who attended these events. Be sure to check out our upcoming events as we head into summer. It will be a busy season for us, at ARCH, as we start the summer with our annual home tour. This year’s tour, the North Anthony Historic Home and Garden Tour, will be held on June 25th . In July we will have our annual Dearly Departed Tour within the historic Lindenwood Cemetery, allowing attendees to gain a brief history on some of Fort Wayne’s great founders. In both July and August we will co-host, with TekVenture, several hands-on preservation workshops. ARCH will end our summer with a Member Open House on August 5th at the Dr. Merchant Huxford House.