CURRENT Exhibit:

NOTE: Exhibit End Dates subject to change.

Pronunciation Guide: Karpeles Museum

Quote of the Month:

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.


Fairfield Hall

 

2410 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46807 

(260) 456-6929

Fort Wayne Fairfield Hall  Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(closed Sundays, Mondays, Holidays)

Current Exhibit:

(Sept. 5, 2018 - Jan. 2, 2019)


Wright Brothers

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier than-air machine to achieve a controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. With Orville Wright as pilot, the airplane took off from a launching rail and flew for 12 seconds and a distance of 120 feet. The airplane was flown three more times that day, with Orville and his brother Wilbur alternating as pilot.The Wright brothers had been fascinated by the idea of flight from an early age. In 1878 their father, a bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, gave them a flying toy made of cork and bamboo. It had a paper body and was powered by rubber bands. The young boys soon broke the fragile toy, but the memory of its faltering flight across their living room stayed with them. By the mid-1890s Wilbur was reading every book and paper he could find on the still earthbound science of human flight. And four years before they made history at Kitty Hawk, the brothers built their first, scaled-down flying machine--a pilotless "kite" with a 5-ft. wingspan, and made of wood, wire and cloth. Based on that experiment, Wilbur became convinced that he could build an aircraft that would be "capable of sustaining a man.

A listing of some key documents in the Wright Brothers Exhibit:

Orville Wright's Own Account of his First Flight at Kitty Hawk 17 December 1903

The First Report to the world of the World's First Powered Flight

The First Long Flights

The description of the first flight by one of the Kitty Hawk Team who saw and collaborated in the World's First Powered Flight

His Reflections of that First Flight written many years later

The First Interview with the Wright Brothers

The Announcement of the Wright Brothers

First Sale of an Airplane: [Made to the French Government]

The Wright Brothers and The Invention of The Sea-Plane

The Wright Brothers and The Airplane as a Weapon

The First International Aviation Meeting

The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing

"The airplane became the first World Wide Web bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together."
-- Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation


ADDITIONAL DISPLAY ITEMS:

"Shout out"
We would like to give a huge "THANK YOU" to the Old Fort!!! They have alowed us to display six (6) 8' posters the "War of 1812" - which include FULL COLOR American artwork....
which has been given to them (on Loan) from the United States Naval Museum!!!
This is a great opportunity to see the "War of 1812" through the perspective eyes of the U.S. Navy.



(on loan from Ben Clark)

The African-American Calendar of Historical Figures
other references:


SPECIAL ADDITIONS:

- JUNGLE BOOK:A copy of the original corrected typed draft of the book..and....A copy of Disney's drawing of "Mowgli"

- The Homestead Act and Indiana map (there is also a copy at the Old Fort along with a copy of a Dutch Drawn Map from 1739...showing the area of "New France", that would later become Fort Wayne.) 

- Egyptian Sandstone Carvings covering the time frame of Ahmose, Thutmosis I, Amenhotep IV, Amenhotep III,Amenhotep II, Amenhotep I (whose father died slightly after the birth of Moses according to Biblical chronology), Thoth (the Egyptian god of writing), and Hieroglyphics on a Ushabti Doll (1570 B.C. - 1342 B.C)


- Models of some of the great Sailing ships including replicas of a Egyptian Bireme , the U.S.S. Constitution, and more.....


- The Final Indian Peace Treaty Between the United States and Every Indian Tribe in the United States. The Declaration of Allegiance of the American Indians to the United Sates which includes a few pages of the thumb prints of all of the Indian Tribe leaders.

- The First Female President of The United States of America: Edith Bolling Wilson. Not officially voted into office, but never the less ran the Executive Branch from October 1919 to March 1921. On display is a letter that she wrote in 1933 about the depression.

- The Olympics: The Original Proposal for the FIRST MODERN Olympic Games

- The First Female Russian Cosmonaut - Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova -After 48 orbits and 71 hours, she returned to earth, having spent more time in space than all U.S. astronauts combined to that date.

Piqua Hall


3039 Piqua Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46806

(260) 449-9551


Fort Wayne Piqua Hall  Hours: 
Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Saturdays: By Appointment

(closed Saturday, undays, Mondays, Holidays)

Current Exhibit:

North West Maps of Exploration

An excellent collection of Early Maps depicting the west coast of the United States. Most date prior to the creation of the United States of America.

And.....

Hand Drawn "City View" Maps for Sebastian Munster
-JERUSALEM
-CONSTANTINOPLE
-FLORENCE
-COLN
-ROME
-COBOLENTZE
-VIENNA
-HEIDELBERG



SPECIAL DOCUMENT:
First Map of Iran - 1478
 
The Babylonians ruled the world in the sixth century B.C. Yet, afterwards, in the course of about half a century, they ceased to exist. This is remarkable enough, but it is even more astounding that their successors, the Persians, had not existed before! In 560 B.C., Cyrus the Great became the king of Persia, a small state in the Middle East, and within 30 years had replaced the Babylonian empire with his own.
 
In 597 to 586 BC, the Chaldeans (Southern Babylonians) had conquered  Jerusalem and forced the most prominent citizens of Judah: professionals, teachers priests, craftsmen, and the wealthy into exile in the city of Babylon. They kept these Jews together, hoping that the Babylonian citizens would benefit by associating with such an accumulation of so many scholars. Indeed these scholars used this period to create and put into writing the greatest book of all time, The Hebrew Bible.
 
In 538, Cyrus the Great allowed the Jews to return to Judah and Jerusalem and re-establish their identity and religion. It is amazing that The Book of Isaiah refers to Cyrus (King of what will be the future state of Iran) as the Messiah!

ALSO we have exhibits covering:

A Statue of Joan of Arc 

and

One of the few known letters by King Charles VII to have survived.




About Us:

The Karpeles Museums are a national chain with thirteen museums in the U.S., specializing in the preservation and display of original, historically significant documents and manuscripts.

Admission is always free of charge. 

Visit our national website to view the other eleven museums online:

www.karpeles.com


Please Note:

We do not do appraisals....Nor are we able to purchase.