This March marks the 100th anniversary of the Flood of 1913, which swamped Fort Wayne and much of the Midwest, leaving hundreds dead nationally and massive damage.
Do you have any stories, photos or artifacts relating to a family member who was affected by the flood or came to the aid of others impacted by it?
Share your story by sending it to us in 200 words or less, along with any photos, by March 1 to features@ news-sentinel.com, with Flood of 1913 submissions in the subject line. You also can mail your story to The News-Sentinel, C/O Sheryl Krieg, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Include your name and phone number so we can verify the information. By sending photos, you give us permission to archive them for future use.
For any questions, please call 461-8290.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will print its annual Fishing Guide in full color this year, a DNR email update said. The guide will be available by late February at retailers who sell fishing licenses. You also can find the guide online at www.fishing.in.gov.
The guide will include information about regulations, invasive species and new fishing opportunities, the update said.
You may find exhibits opening at two Indianapolis museums worth a trip to the capital city:
•“Geckos!” opened Saturday at The Children's Museum and continues through May 15.
The traveling exhibit is the largest and most advanced gecko exhibit in the world, a museum news release said. You can see 15 exotic and very different live gecko species from around the world on display in habitats that replicate their natural environments.
Museum officials expect the reptiles' frequent feedings to be a big attraction for visitors.
Geckos are unusual even in the lizard world because their special toe pads, which resemble Velcro, allow them to stick to almost anything, the news release said. They also are the only lizards that vocalize; depending on the species, they can sing, chirp, hiss or bark.
For more information, go to www.childrensmuseum.org.
•“Guitars! Roundups to Rockers” is scheduled to open March 9 at the The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
The exhibit explores the Western connections of guitars and artists who have created a soundtrack for America, a news release said.
Visitors can see more than 130 guitars owned by greats ranging from Roy Rogers, Charlie Christian, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain to Woody Guthrie, Buddy Holly, Les Paul and others, a museum news release said. This is the first time the guitars in the exhibit have ever been displayed together.
The exhibit also provides a look at some of the most famous guitarists of the last 100-plus years, such as Jerry Garcia, Keith Richards and Gene Autry, the news release said.
In addition, related programming associated with the exhibit includes films, live performances, guitar instruction, a guitar “corral” where visitors can pluck and strum guitars, and more.
For information, call 1-317-636-9378 or go to www.eiteljorg.org.