Federation of Genealogical Societies to Hold 2018 National Conference in Fort Wayne
Aug20

Federation of Genealogical Societies to Hold 2018 National Conference in Fort Wayne

On the Three Rivers: Past, Present, and Future Visit Fort Wayne is proud to announce that the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) will be hosting its 2018 National Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Grand Wayne Convention Center and the Allen County Public Library will be hosting this group of genealogists from around the country on August 22-25, 2018. Fort Wayne is home to the nation’s largest public genealogy collection, housed at The Genealogy Center in The Allen County Public Library. Accessibility to friendly, expert genealogists make Fort Wayne the perfect fit for this convention, as well as for visiting genealogists all year long. FGS is open to anyone with an interest in family history, from beginners to experts with many years of experience. The conference will feature many workshops, lectures, speakers, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall that will be open to the public August 23-25 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Sessions are aimed at strengthening research skills no matter what one’s level or area of expertise might be. The annual economic impact of this group is estimated at $569,441. For more information on the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 National Conference, contact Allison Singleton, FGS Co-Chair, at asingleton@acpl.lib.in.us or (260) 421-1225, or Kristen Guthrie, Visit Fort Wayne, (260) 424-3700. Visit Fort Wayne is the official destination marketing organization for Fort Wayne and Allen County. Each year, over 5.9 million people visit Fort Wayne and generate $619 million in direct economic...

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Local Author Publishes Third Book of Veterans’ World War II Stories
Aug08

Local Author Publishes Third Book of Veterans’ World War II Stories

Book Signing Nov. 3 to Connect Public with Featured WWII Veterans Indiana author Kayleen Reusser has just completed her third book of veterans’ World War II stories, called We Gave Our Best: American World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories. As with the previous two books in the legacies series, area residents will have an opportunity to meet several of the veterans featured in the newly-released book at an upcoming event scheduled to coincide with the Veterans Day holiday. A book-signing event will take place on Saturday, November 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza in downtown Fort Wayne. The public is invited to attend. We Gave Our Best: American World War II Veterans Tell Their Stories is a compilation of stories from 34 World War II veterans representing several branches of the military. All of the surviving veterans featured in the book will be invited to attend the book-signing event to sign their respective stories, providing a unique keepsake that can be treasured for generations to come. Reusser says that up to 20 of the 34 veterans featured in her current book could potentially attend the book signing, but unfortunately the others either live out of state, are too weak to travel, or have passed away since she interviewed them. Reusser notes that with all of the remaining World War II veterans being over 90 years of age, the number of available veterans diminishes each year. Reusser says that most veterans featured in her books are either Hoosier natives or grew up elsewhere and currently reside in Indiana. Those in her current book come from 10 Indiana counties, but six other states also are represented, including Washington, Iowa, New Mexico, Louisiana, Florida, and California. All of Reusser’s World War II books will be available for purchase at the book signing as well as through Amazon.com. The books feature war vignettes written by Reusser based on hundreds of interviews with World War II veterans. Also included in the books are photographs taken by veterans during World War II, providing a historical account through the eyes of those who served. “The books give a personal feel to an important time in world history,” said Reusser, adding that “The November 3 book-signing party will be a rare opportunity to meet these historical figures who helped change history.” Reusser also announces that she is publishing a second edition of her first World War II legacies book, which she has renamed We Fought to Win: American World War II Veterans Share Their Stories. The second edition will have a newly-designed cover to match the...

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Books Come Alive: ACPL Personifies Diversity With The Human Library
Jul30

Books Come Alive: ACPL Personifies Diversity With The Human Library

  The old adage “a book comes to life” will certainly ring true on August the 4th at the Allen County Public Library. Members of the community will have a chance to meet human “books” on display, as they each share their unique journeys. The event will bring together a diverse and collective group of people from different walks of life to inspire in-depth dialogue and conversation in a welcoming, intentional and inspiring atmosphere. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday August 4th, The Human Library will host more than 30 human books from our local community available to “loan out” for conversations and inquiries. There will also be panel discussions available for those who might not be as comfortable with checking out an individual “book”. Come out and be a part of Fort Wayne’s first Human Library and emerge a more informed, well-read citizen of Fort...

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New Year’s Eve 2017 in the Fort
Dec22

New Year’s Eve 2017 in the Fort

The countdown to 2018 has already begun, but it becomes official on New Year’s Eve.  As usual, Fort Wayne will not be short on happenings for the big day.  This New Year’s Eve, you’ll have a variety of choices on how best to ring in 2018.  Read on for some of our favorite celebration ideas for December 31, 2017.  There’s something for everyone! For the Kiddos Science Central’s Countdown to Noon Join Fort Wayne’s favorite science museum from 10am-3pm to don a party hat and noisemaker and enjoy face painting, science demos, and the museum’s many interesting exhibits.  Get there early to count down the seconds to noon and witness the 2,018-balloon drop.   View this post on Instagram Hey #fortwayne ! Come celebrate the New Year at Science Central! Countdown to Noon is on December 31st from 10 am to 2 pm. 🎉 #nye #dtfw A post shared by Science Central (@sciencecentral) on Dec 27, 2016 at 12:19pm PST ACPL Countdown to New Year’s Head to the Globe Room at the main library branch from 2-3pm if your little ones love arts and crafts.  Confetti pipes and other projects are on the agenda, along with noisemakers and an apple juice toast.   NYE Kids Lock-In Party If you’ve been searching for a New Year’s Eve babysitter, look no further than Game Day Sports Camp.  Their responsibly screened and trained staff, along with security and law enforcement, will supervise (and feed!) your K-8th-graders at The ASH Centre as they play sports and games, watch movies, and other surprises.  All they need is a sleeping bag! View this post on Instagram The kids of Fort Wayne will have the best New Year Celebration ever! Bring sleeping bags and excitement! Your children will party and play safely while you ring in the New Year, guilt-free. Sports, Games, Movies, and NYE surprises! Countdown toast at midnight. Dinner and breakfast provided. Hired security/law enforcement will be present. Lock-in will be supervised by a well trained, highly screened staff. $50 per party guest Grades K-8 Email info@gdscamp.com to RSVP. #nye #fortwayne #ops #gdscamp #party A post shared by Game Day Sports Camp (@gdscamp) on Oct 31, 2017 at 9:43am PDT For the Whole Family Fort Wayne Komets vs. Toledo Walleye Every year, the Komets host an exciting and well-attended New Year’s Eve hockey game.  Beat the crowds and buy your tickets now.   View this post on Instagram It's time to make your #NewYearsEve plans! 🎉🎉 ⠀ Komets vs Walleye at 7:30PM⠀ A post shared by Fort Wayne Komets (@fwkomets) on Dec 18, 2017 at 12:46pm PST Fantasy of Lights December 31st is the...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Mar31

LFW Weekend Fun File

1. Euchre Tournament! Thursday, March 31 at 8 pm There’s a Euchre tournament at Pedal City on Thursday with great prizes! Should be super fun, Euchre is basically a competitive sport if you’re from Indiana. Kinda like Corn-hole. 2. The Last Five Years April 1-10 Friday and Saturday at 8pm Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm I heard this was a great show! You can read more of the details about the production in our LFW preview article. I’ll definitely be going to see this show, and you should too! 3. Flamingo Nosebleed, the Snarks, AM Nice, Bi at Bob Vila’s This Old House Friday, April 1 at 7 pm Have you ever been to Bob Vila’s This Old House? If you have not … you should! Everyone is welcome to these house shows, and it’s a great time in a great place! 4. All In Block Party April 1-3, times and locations vary “Progress” through the city visiting the different branches of Allen County Public Library and complete the challenges set before you! 5. Soiree’s Can Opener Saturday, April 2 at 4 pm 10 local, relatively new bands will be playing at the Philmore on Broadway. Come out and support local talent! Also, Bravas will be there and CS3 is providing drinks. Yay! 6. Easter Bone Hunt Saturday, April 2 at 12 pm So much cuteness happening here. I cannot wait to take my dog to this. Last year, I hid easter eggs for my daughter and when I woke up, the dog had found/eaten all of them. So. He will be happy to have an event all his own. I am sure of it. 7. Skunk Cabbage — It’s More Than Just a Smelly Plant Sunday, March 3 at 1 pm Skunk Cabbage is weird. Pack up the kiddos and take them to Fox Island to spend some time in the great outdoors and maybe learn some stuff too! 8. Monthly Gallery Cleanup Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm Wunderkammer is great. We love Wunderkammer. Let’s help Wunderkammer stay fresh. 9. Taiko Drumming Workshop Tuesday, April 5 at 10 am I don’t actually know anything about Taiko Drumming, but this looks super cool. I can’t keep a beat to save my life, but if you can and you know something about drumming, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn from a taiko master. 10. StoryBook’s “Dr. Seuss on the loose!” Wednesday, April 6 at 9:30 am Fort Wayne Youtheatre’s StoryBook Theatre is presenting “Dr. Seuss on the Loose” at the Allen County Public Library! It’s free and the kids will love...

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