The first Sunday of the month, the Allen County–Fort Wayne Historical Society presents the George R. Mather Sunday Lecture Series. The series consists of a number of informative lectures presented by subject-matter experts, in an effort to educate the community on local history and often to illuminate the role that Allen County people and events have played in the broader scope of national and international affairs.
This month’s virtual lecture is “Asylum of Hope, Help and Sometimes Horror: Fort Wayne’s Institutional care for people with disabilities” presented by Jennifer L. Boen. Step back to 1887, when the School for Feeble-Minded Youth opened in Fort Wayne. Labels given to children, and later adults, range from inmates to imbeciles. As understanding grew, terminology and care changed, along with the institution’s name. Eventually it became the Fort Wayne State Developmental enter, which closed in 2007.
For a link to the virtual lecture, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Links will be sent one hour prior to the lecture.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.