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After almost three years, the manuscript is now complete, and is being sent to the printer. The Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society and the Allen County Genealogical Society announced the completion of the manuscript for the Fort Wayne – Allen County History Book on Wednesday, January 4. This is to be the largest comprehensive narrative history of Allen County in nearly 100 years. The first since Bert J. Griswold’s Pictorial History of Fort Wayne published in 1917.

What was initially envisioned as a single 800-page book grew into a two-volume set with twice the initial estimated page count. It will be a hardbound, 8.5″ x 11″ coffeetable book that will be printed on glossy, acid-free paper for superior photo reproduction and durability. Because a limited amount of books will be printed, it is necessary to collect book orders in advance of printing. The order deadline is June 1, 2006 for a cost of $59.95 per set, plus $10.95 for shipping and handling. (After June 1, 2006, the price for a set will be $124.95, plus shipping and handling.) Delivery is expected in August of 2006.

To order or questions about the book and the project, contact the Allen County History Book project office at 260-387-2905 or on-line at www.allencountyhistorybook.com.

The first volume of the book is an anthology, a narrative history of Fort Wayne and Allen County, plus a number of specialized articles, including a historical survey of Fort Wayne; transportation; culture and entertainment; and more. The second volume gathers over a thousand stories on individual families, businesses, schools, not-for-profit organizations, religious, personal tributes, and never-before-seen historic photos.

The Fort Wayne – Allen County History Book celebrates our county’s unique heritage through the biographies and photos of local residents, businesses, congregations, schools, clubs and organizations. Own a piece of Fort Wayne – Allen County history—-order today!

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