200 @ 200 “Coming Together Through Graduation”

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The History Center is celebrating unity by “Coming Together”. In June, the Fort Wayne History Center is focusing on the agencies and organizations that have defined Fort Wayne and Allen County as part of its year-long bicentennial exhibit.

History Center Executive Director Todd Pelfrey shared a special artifact involving Fort Wayne Community Schools. He brought a banner carried for the very first day of classes at FWCS back in 1853. The very first school board in Fort Wayne was elected in 1853. The new elected representatives raised funds to offer free schooling for two months before the school was shut down. Then in 1865 Fort Wayne received their first class of graduates with four students.

The exhibit can be seen all through June as part of the History Center’s Bicentennial Legacy Project. To learn more about the exhibit and the Bicentennial Project, click on the video above.


The History Center is located at 302 East Berry Street in downtown Fort Wayne. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday (and the first Sunday of the month). Admission: $6 per adult (ages 18 to 64), $4 per senior (age 65+) or youth (ages 3 to 17), free for children age 2 and under.

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