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February 4, 2013


A Pocket Of Abolitionism In Fort Wayne

The short-lived "Fort Wayne Standard" suggests that Indiana, despite its mostly conservative political leanings, was also home to more radical political views.

May 7, 2012


Edith Hamilton: A Mythical Hoosier

Although she never wrote down to her readers, Fort Wayne's classicist wrote for what would today be called a “popular” audience.

May 30, 2011


Fort Wayne’s Lincoln Mystery

A statue of the young Abraham Lincoln in Fort Wayne represents the president-to-be as more of a “dreamer and poet… than…rail-splitter.”

May 9, 2011


Holding Down The Fort, Literally

Arriving in Fort Wayne at the start of the War of 1812, an Ohio militiaman found the besieged garrison in a “deplorable situation.”

August 30, 2010


Where’s the Beef? Dave Thomas In Fort Wayne, Indiana

Dave Thomas helped the owners of Fort Wayne's Hobby House negotiate a deal with Harlan Sanders that ultimately shaped the face of fast food in the US.

June 9, 2008



Before 1954, the matter of keeping drunk drivers off the road was fairly hit or miss. Diagnostic tools for evaluating a driver’s level of intoxication were subjective and empirical—a police officer who pulled over a weaving car would check for a driver’s bloodshot eyes or slurred speech.

June 5, 2006


Carole Lombard

Screen legend Carole Lombard had deep roots in Indiana--" America 's Screwball Girl"--was born Jane Alice Peters in 1908 to a Fort Wayne family.

September 5, 2005


Johnny Appleseed

Legend has it that Johnny Appleseed roamed through what are now Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana for a half a century by living off the land, sowing apple seeds, and nurturing the apple trees.

March 28, 2005


"Mad" Anthony Wayne

Revolutionary general “Mad” Anthony Wayne prepared an offensive against the Indians. On August 20, 1794, Wayne’s army won a decisive victory at Fallen Timbers, just south of modern day Toledo.

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