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The History Center will be busy this June with several events taking place at both the museum, located at 302 East Berry in downtown Fort Wayne, and the Chief Richardville House.

Sue Lester will display traditional Miami Indian clothing research and fabrication at the June 7 “Miami Indian Heritage Days” at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne.

The Chief Richardville House is recognized as the oldest Native American structure in the Midwest, the first Greek Revival style house in Indiana, and the only extant Treaty House in the nation.  The Chief Richardville House, Akima Pinsiwa Awiiki, was named a National Historic Landmark in 2012.

Sponsored by the History Center, Miami Indian Heritage Days programs are held from 1-4 pm on the first Saturday of the month, May through November, and feature 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 5 and under are free. Admission also includes the opportunity to receive a guided tour of the Chief Richardville House.

Brad Skiles will deliver the George R. Mather lecture series on Sunday, June 1. Skiles will speak on “Hugh McCulloch: From Cashier to Treasury Secretary”.

The lecture begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public at the History Center.

Skiles has done extensive research on the life of McCulloch, who worked in banking in Fort Wayne and became Treasury Secretary 37 days prior to Lincoln’s assassination. McCulloch was first on the scene after the attempt on Secretary of State William Seward’s life the same evening that Lincoln was shot and joined with others to pray for the life of the President in the house across from Ford’s Theater, where he had been taken.

McCulloch led a nearly bankrupt country into financial stability and designed the financial strategy for rebuilding the war-torn nation. He moved the country from a failed paper currency to the gold standard. He chronicled his work for three Presidents and nearly 16,000 of his original manuscripts are now owned by the Lilly Library at IU Bloomington.

Blake Sebring of “The News-Sentinel” will give his Mather Lecture, rescheduled from January, on June 8 on “Fort Wayne Sports History”. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

What would a Fort Wayne Sports Hall of Fame look like? Sebring will answer that question and look at other facets of Fort Wayne Sports from the perspective of a sports reporter and city native who has covered the Komets for 23 seasons. Sebring has written a book about the city’s sports history, one of seven works he has published in his career. He will autograph copies of his latest book, which is for sale in the History Center’s gift shop.

The popular Barr Street Farmer’s Market presented by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana in collaboration with the History Center is now open for the season and runs each Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission to the History Center is free during the market hours. This summer, market goers will be invited to help create a history time-line as part of the events.


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