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More than 10,000 visitors come through the History Center every year to enjoy the many fanciful gingerbread creations on display during the Festival of Gingerbread, a Fort Wayne holiday tradition. This is the 23rd anniversary of the Festival of Gingerbread fundraiser, held November 28-December 14, 2008 at the History Center. Enjoy the wonders of over 100 gingerbread entries created by bakers of all ages.

Patrons can have their holiday photos taken by a professional photographer on Saturday, November 8, from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Please call the History Center for pricing and further information at (260) 426-2882. These festive photos may be used for your holiday greeting cards or a unique family portrait! And, since the History Center will be all decked out for the holidays, visitors may take their own personal photos at any time for those wonderful holiday memories!

Special holiday exhibits during the Festival of Gingerbread include: A Wolf and Dessauer display featuring the original Phil Steigerwald Santa-suit; “The Night Before Christmas” watercolors; and a display of holiday photos from years past. Visit the Museum Shop for many unique holiday gift ideas, and purchase your special Festival of Gingerbread 2008 Limited Edition artwork created by local artist Julia Meek. This artwork will be available on resin ornaments, posters, and note cards. For weekend entertainment schedules and additional events, visit the History Center’s website at www.fwhistorycenter.com.

The History Center is located at 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for seniors and students; free to children under age 5. Admission for school groups is $2.00 per student. Hours during the Festival of Gingerbread are: Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm; Friday, 9am to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 5pm. Closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 27). For more information, call the History Center at (260) 426-2882.

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