Miami Indian Heritage Days in October

Persons visiting the Chief Richardville House for MIHD can also view a Miami long house that is currently under construction.

MIHD take place on the first Saturday of the month from 1-4 p.m., May through November, and features 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 adults and $5 students and seniors. History Center members and children ages five and under are free.

Admission also includes a tour of the Chief Richardville House. 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 its naming as a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Today his house is recognized as the oldest Native American dwelling in the Midwest and the first Greek Revival style house in northeast Indiana.

A lecture entitled “The War of 1812 Comes to Fort Wayne” by Richard Ferguson will kick off the 2012-2013 George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series at the History Center on October 7.

Ferguson will discuss the strategic importance of Fort Wayne from the British and American perspective, military operations in the Northwest campaign, and “what ifs” of the decisions on the surrender of Fort Wayne to hostile forces.

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 p.m. on the first Sunday of October and November as well as January through June. The George R. Mather Lecture Series was founded by the Rev. Mather in 1993. In the early 1990s, while serving as a member of the History Center’s board of directors, Mather proposed a series of free Sunday afternoon lectures so that everyone would have the opportunity to learn more about history that played a significant role in Fort Wayne and Allen County. Those lectures have been a staple of the History Center’s programming ever since. For information, call  the History Center at  426-2882 or visit www.fwhistorycenter.com.

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