CURRENT Exhibit:

DISCLAIMER: These Exhibits are a part of the personal collection of Dr. David Karpeles. They are not, nor are they meant to, represent the complete history of the Person(s) or Event(s) in the exhibit.

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Quote of the Month:

Achievement is the difference between knowing and doing

John Maxwell

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:

January 3, 2019 to April 30, 2019

NOTE: Exhibit End Dates subject to change.


Samuel F. B. Morse

Inventor of the First Efficient Telegraph

in the year 1843

 The Birth of the World's First Long Distance Communication System

 Morse was not a scientist, but a painter (artist) who had heard people discuss experiments in electricity.  He had also heard of experiments in building telegraphs!  That's right, someone had already invented a telegraph, but not efficient enough to make it popular.

 Morse decided to study what others had done and combine their efforts with the new experiments in electricity that had been reported.  He even convinced the United States Government to pay for his work.  He finally built a telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington DC.  The first message that he sent was recorded on the tape shown here.  The message read:

 " What Hath God Wrought? "

 Here Morse writes out that famous message IN MORSE CODE!!"Times New Roman";color:black'>

See: http://www.ekarpeles.com/morsecode.html

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)

-Treasures of Tutankhamun - Figurines
-Historical Black Entertainers - in Pictures
-Black Historical Figures- in Educational Books
-The African-American Calendar of Historical Figures - by George Beach
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:

NOTE: Exhibit End Dates subject to change.

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


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