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George R. Mather Lecture Continues In January

The George R. Mather Lecture continues in January with another great lecture. This lecture is presented by Keith Elchert and Laura Weston, and is titled “Classic Restaurants of Fort Wayne.” The lecture will take place on Sunday, January 5th at 2PM. The George R. Mather Lectures are free and open to the public, and are presented by the Floyd and Betty Lou Lancia Family Foundation, with support from Indiana Humanities.

Celebrate the sweet and savory sides of Fort Wayne with a look at the history of the city’s restaurant scene. Local authors Keith Elchert and Laura Weston discuss long-time city favorites which provided not only delicious dishes for diners, but served as the backdrop for many notable moments in Fort Wayne’s history as well. Book signing to follow lecture.

Keith Elchert is the editorial page copy editor of The Journal Gazette. He studied journalism at Ball State University and communications at the University of Dayton. Keith is a native of Tiffin, Ohio, which was the subject of his first book with Laura Weston. Tiffin was published in 2014, followed by Honest Eats: A Celebration of the Rich Food History of Indiana’s Historic Lincoln Highway (MT Publishing, 2016).

Laura Weston currently works at ARCH, and was previously the book editor at Fort Wayne Newspapers and the former multimedia editor/restaurant reviewer for The News-Sentinel. Laura is a native of Marion, Ohio, and studied American history, historic preservation and urban planning at Ball State University.

The History Center is located at 302 East Berry Street in Fort Wayne. For more information call (260) 426-2882 or visit the website at