Along the Heritage Trail

An example of a canal boat and warehouse from the1860s, courtesy of the Allen County Public Library digital collection

Capt. Mary Ann

February 17, 2017

The Wabash & Erie Canal was a rough-and-tumble place, but Capt. Mary Ann Martin was master of two boats until the very end. Historian Tom Castaldi tells her story.

The Great Lakes Region of New France in 1755, courtesy of the Library of Congress

What do you know?

January 18, 2017

It’s time to see how you measure up. Historian Tom Castaldi presents the Heritage Trail 2017 Quiz.

How 1816 looked

December 16, 2016

Historian Tom Castaldi an earlier look back at Fort Wayne’s past, thanks to research done by head librarian Rex Potterf in 1928.

Richardville remembered

November 18, 2016

The remarkable heritage of Miami civil chief Pinsiwa, Jean Baptiste de Richardville, lives on at his home here and with his descendants. Historian Tom Castaldi explains why this man is still so important today.

Where we drew the line

October 20, 2016

Historian Tom Castaldi digs into whether the distinguished career of Col. John Tipton included a mistake or a brilliant move when he drew the line that put Chicago in Illinois instead of Indiana.

Locating a state capital

September 15, 2016

You have to ask why the first state capitol was way down south in Corydon. Historian Tom Castaldi knows why.

Factoring in Indian affairs

August 24, 2016

Indian factory. Indian agency. Not a part of Fort Wayne today, but critically important from 1798 to 1828, Historian Tom Castaldi explains.

The well-traveled cannon

July 19, 2016

It’s a well-traveled cannon, but historian Tom Castaldi warns us that there’s still a lot we do not know about this antique weapon.

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