CURRENT Exhibit:

NOTE: Exhibit End Dates subject to change.

Quote of the day:

"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read." - Mark Twain

"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.

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:

(April 27-August 31, 2017) 

Diplomacy of the War of 1812

Exhibits # 1, 2



The Beginning of the Road to the War of 1812

1. Blockades

2. Neutral Shipping


Exhibits # 3, 4, 5, 6



The Monroe Pinkney Treaty

3. Impressment

4. The Monroe Pinkney Treaty

5. U.S. refusal to Ratify Treaty

6. Additional discussions: N.W. Boundary & British Navigation of the Mississippi


Exhibits # 7, 8



The Chesapeakeand the Leoppard affair

7.Treaty Discussions suspended

8.The Formal Complaint


Exhibits #9, 10



The Erskine Agreement

9. Britain's refusal to Ratify its Own Treaty Offer

10. Britain's Justifications; U.S. didn't ratify its Own Monroe Pinkney Treaty


Exhibits # 11, 12, 13



The United States Threatens War

11. Congress to Adopt a State of War

12. U. S. to Arm Merchant Ships

13. U. S. says that the "War Threat is Precautionary"


Exhibits # 14, 15, 16, 17, 18



The Beginning of the War


14. Massassachusetts Declaration

15. Privateers

16. Announcement of the signing of the Declaration of War — and the British Minister Expelled

17. War Announced to Each State

18. The Declaration of War —The French Copy

Exhibits # 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25



The End of the War


19. Madison's "Advice to My Country"

20. The Burning of Washington

21. The Peace Treaty

22. Officers must still "report in".

23. The Announcement of the Ratification of the Peace Treaty and the Evacuation of the British

24. Thanksgiving for the End of the War

25. A Privateers Post War Claim


Exhibit # 26


The Grant to Oliver Hazard Perry, Hero of the War of 1812


Signed by George Washington (!!)

Two such documents were signed in blank in the eighteenth century by George Washington for future heroes of the nineteenth century.

The two chosen were Oliver H. Perry and Stephen Decatur


Exhibit # 27


John Q. Adams letter discussing in detail:

-the origins of the War of 1812

-the American character

-the prosecution of the war

-The Peace Treaty of Ghent that he negotiated Ending the War of 1812


(on loan from Ben Clark)

The African-American Calendar of Historical Figures
other references:


- 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.


Hand Drawn "City View" Maps for Sebastian Munster

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 


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. 

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

Admission is always free of charge. 

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We do not do appraisels.....