Along the Heritage Trail

A view of the St. Marys River from the West Main Street bridge in 1889, photo courtesy of the Allen County Public Library Digital Collection

Haunting tales

October 29, 2015

Who — or what — really was the Woman in White? Historian Tom Castaldi examines a lingering ghost story.

Here from the start

October 1, 2015

William Polke has a place in Hoosier Constitutional history and in Fort Wayne, historian Tom Castaldi confirms.

Babe Ruth stopped by one day

August 28, 2015

The Sultan of Swat didn’t just slam home runs out of New York and Boston: The Babe knocked a few out of the park in Fort Wayne too.

This photo, taken in 1890, shows The Sentinel's offices at 107 Calhoun Street, photo courtesy of The News-Sentinel

Starting the presses

July 1, 2015

The news has a long story in Fort Wayne, beginning with the presses that printed the first Sentinel in 1833. Historian Tom Castaldi tells the tale.

Out of Africa

June 1, 2015

Samuel Morris opened eyes and hearts after being visited by God.

Tales that bear fruit

June 1, 2015

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of Fort Wayne’s most famous apple tree. It predates Johnny Appleseed.

The Fort’s peacemaker

May 12, 2015

Historian Tom Castaldi tells the story of Angeline Chapeteau Peltier Griswold.

What do you know?

May 12, 2015

It’s time for another challenging local history quiz from the files of Allen County Historian Tom Castaldi. Don’t peek at the answers until you’ve really tried your best!

Breath of fresh air

May 12, 2015

Fort Wayne is home to the Breathalyzer, Historian Tom Castaldi tells the tale.

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