FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – A new pop-up museum gives you the opportunity to experience and learn about the past 100 years in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne. Hundreds of items have been carefully selected for inclusion in this show.
Organizers say they expect great interest from residents of northeast Indiana because of the community’s long history and those who are, and still feel, very connected to the region.
The Waynedale News hosts a pop-up museum consisting of a selection of over 100 historical photos, documents and artifacts.
The organizers published the following:
For a limited time, the “Historic Waynedale” pop-up museum opened to the public on Wednesday, September 14 at 4 p.m., and will be open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. until October 7. It is located at the Waynedale Press Office at 2505 Lower Huntington Road. Guests will be asked to make voluntary donations of any amount during their visit. The suggested donation is $5-10 per guest.
It really is a unique historical exhibit and a huge undertaking. Over the years, The Waynedale News has not only been a storyteller of historical information, but also a collector and curator of important historical artifacts from across the community. This 700 square foot museum will house only a small portion of the photos, documents and other non-digital artifacts The Waynedale News has collected over the past 100 years. Waynedale News staff members were amazed at the age, quantity and condition of the collection when selecting items for display.
Invoking a strong sense of nostalgia, guests will be able to view newspapers from nearly 90 years ago, business cards from over 50 years of people and businesses they may remember, and in addition to many other items, a large exhibit of the very old Elmhurst High School and Waynedale School Documents, Memorabilia and Photos. A highlight of the exhibition is the concert music of Don Goss of Elmhurst as well as a slide show of photos he had taken during his 54 years as an art and theater teacher.
For those who want an exclusive visit before the museum opens to the general public, a limited number of guests can purchase a Preview Night ticket ($30 per guest) for Tuesday, September 13, from 2-7 p.m. Preview night includes a meet and greet with Waynedale News editor Alex Cornwell, as well as light refreshments. Tickets can be purchased online here
Anyone interested in our beloved community of Waynedale is welcome to come see and learn more about the area and its people over the years. As this is a major undertaking, The Waynedale News asks guests to respect the rules and keep a library-like volume when visiting. Adults should actively supervise children. Security cameras will be used and guests will be held responsible for any damage they cause. No food, drink, video, photography or touching anything is allowed in the museum. This is a private exhibit that has taken many years to cultivate and maintain, and as such is subject to closure at any time if The Waynedale News believes that guests are endangering its collection.
The Waynedale News joins the community in thanking everyone who donated historic items from Waynedale’s place in history. The newspaper is proud to independently fund the effort to preserve these objects so that future generations can fondly remember the region’s history. Private donations and newspaper advertising primarily fund this effort. By exploring this exhibit, guests will see the importance of preserving our history and the important role that newspapers continue to play in the community through time. Simply put, the items in this exhibit wouldn’t exist without the newspaper, and guests couldn’t enjoy it without the love of the newspapers to go above and beyond to serve the community of Waynedale.
The Waynedale News welcomes all support and donations as the collection grows. If anyone has historical documents, photos, or other artifacts, the newspaper would be happy to work with you to see if it’s something that could be kept in their collection. Call 260-747-4535 for more information.