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  • A Man for All Seasons

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana--It was a defining moment in the Civil Rights movement, dramatized by the movie 'Mississippi Burning'…the murder of three young civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner in Meridian Mississippi. The three were part of the so-called Freedom Riders who spent the summer of 1964 registering Black voters in the south. Goodman and Schwerner were white New Yorkers…James Chaney was from Meridian.

  • Local Designer has Shoe Soul

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana-Most people associate the world of high fashion with great cities like New York, Paris or Rome. But fashion’s cutting edge happens to run right down the center of Fort Wayne Indiana. This isn’t the corporate office at Gucci or Prada, but the Fort Wayne home of Jon Paul Capito, up and coming fashion designer and software genius.

  • Founders of Boy Scouts in Fort Wayne....sort of

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana--It’s hard to believe that an iconic American brand like the Boy Scouts was actually born in Britain but that’s one of the valuable lessons you learn from a remarkable collection of letters and documents now on display at Fort Wayne’s Karpeles Manuscript Museum.

  • Crooked Lake's Best Friend

    ANGOLA, Indiana--Walden Pond had Henry David Thoreau. Crooked Lake has Bob Lowden. “My brother and I would get in the boat on Saturday morning and come back later in the afternoon,” Bob recalls, “and we’d explore the whole lake.”

  • Local High School's Million Dollar Art Collection

    PERU, Indiana--It’s stunning, it’s colorful, and it’s one of the strangest art world stories Fort Wayne Art Museum director Charles Sheppard has ever heard. “Some of the pieces in this collection are truly famous pieces by artists of that time,” Sheppard says, “some of the best that they’ve done.” It’s a multimillion dollar collection of fine art, owned entirely by Peru High School in Peru Indiana. This is the John Whittenberger collection of G. David Thompson at Peru High School,

  • Pioneer Church Still Going Strong after 175 Years

    CHURUBUSCO, Indiana--Indiana was a brand new state when the town of Churubusco was born in 1838, carved out of wilderness forest on an ancient Indian trail that subsequent generations would call the Goshen Road. One year before, in 1837, a handful of pioneer families built the first house of worship in Allen County’s Eel Township, the Wesley Chapel Church, alive and thriving 175 years later.

  • Cowboy Artist Captures the Old West

    MENTONE, Indiana--“I grew up watching Roy Rogers and all that of course,” says artist Robert Hudson. “I always loved horses and the west and stories of my dad about how beautiful it was in the west.”

  • Mass Transit, When it Meant Something

    FORT WAYNE, Indiana-They still crop up now and then, usually during some street or sewer project…those iron tracks that once carried the finest mass transit system Fort Wayne has ever known. It began in the 1880's, Fort Wayne’s first street cars, riding on rails, pulled by horses. In 1892 the streetcar system went electric, and crews began laying down track in every neighborhood in town, like these rail workers on Wells Street.

  • Miniature Flying Marvels at Model Airplane Museum

    MUNCIE, Indiana-Model airplanes have changed a lot over the years. The wingspan of this four engine radio controlled giant is about twenty-five feet. But even this modern marvel has its roots in those days of yesteryear, when rubber bands powered paper and balsa wood flyers into that wild blue yonder.

  • Auburn Military Museum Auctioning 'Surplus'

    AUBURN, Indiana-10am on a sunny fall day and the immense Kruse National Military History Museum in Auburn is open for business. Tellingly, the vast parking lot in front of the complex is empty, a clue to the museum’s financial challenges. While the parking lot is empty, however, the museum itself is anything but.

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