The History Center’s 200@200 exhibition series received the Indiana History Outstanding Event or Project Award from the Indiana Historical Society at its annual Founders Day Dinner and Awards Banquet at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis.
Throughout the state bicentennial year of 2016, the History Center’s 200@200 project celebrated Fort Wayne’s legacy of progress throughout Indiana’s 200 years of statehood history. The collaborative project was a series of virtual exhibits, physical displays, and media presentations featuring 200 artifacts from the museum’s 28,000 piece collection, each telling a unique story of Fort Wayne’s role in the 200 years of Indiana’s statehood. The project highlighted a different historical theme each month and presented a collective mosaic of the community’s shared past and present, thereby commemorating the progress, growth, and creativity of the “Summit City."
With the participatory voices of dozens of individuals, agencies, entities and organizations from throughout the local historical and cultural communities, History Center staff members and volunteers selected themes and objects for the 200@200 project and created a series of twelve virtual exhibits and twelve physical displays highlighting each month’s theme. The final three physical exhibits are open at the museum and will remain on display through March 31, 2017. All twelve virtual exhibits are presented on the museum’s website at fwhistorycenter.com