CURRENT Exhibit:


- Please respect 6-foot social distancing - unless you are with immediate family

- Fairfield hall - 10 person limit Face Masks are to be worn

- Piqua hall - 10 person limit - Face Masks are to be worn

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.

Pronunciation Guide: Karpeles Museum

Quote of the Month:

A bad attitude is like a flat cant go anywhere until you change it....

Take ownership .....don't make excuses...don't blame any other person, any other thing, any other situation...get control of you ego.... take ownership of your mistakes, your shortfalls, of your problems...and then take ownership of the solutions that will get those problems solved.

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 2, 2020 to T.B.D.

NOTE: Exhibit End Dates subject to change.

Abraham Lincoln as a Boy

 Drawings of Lloyd Ostendorf for his work “A Picture Story of Abraham Lincoln” are preserved in the Karpeles Manuscript Library. These were drawn by Ostendorf in order to bring to life all the well-known episodes and some less well known episodes of Lincoln’ life.


Lloyd Ostendorf (1921-2000) was an artist and a historian of Abraham Lincoln who wrote five books about the former president. Mr. Ostendorf was 12 years old when he first began to draw Lincoln's face. That fascination became not only a hobby, but a career and a lifestyle. As he drew him, he wanted to know more about him. After high school graduation, Mr. Ostendorf attended his hometown's art institute. He later served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war, he took a job as a commercial artist for the Journal Herald in Dayton and worked with cartoonist Milton Caniff in New York City. In the mid-1950s, he became a self-employed commercial artist who created greeting cards, religious drawings and pencil art, but his signature work featured Lincoln. Not only did Mr. Ostendorf own one of the largest private collections of Lincoln photographs, he also published "Lincoln in Photographs," which at the time contained every known picture of Lincoln. The book is considered a bible by Lincoln historians.


The War of 1812                                        

Abraham and his hand and pen 1825       

Lincoln's First Dollar 1827                        

Lincoln Helping Others 1827                  

The Things I want to knower in books 1828    

Lincoln & Slavery 1831                   

Lincoln's Strength 1832                    

Lincoln and Indians 1832                      

Study and Get Ready 1834                

Lincoln as Postmaster 1833-1836        

Young Lawyer 1836-1837                 

Lincoln as an Inventor 1849               

Riding the circuit 1850’s                   

Lincoln as a Father 1856                      

Clever Defense Attorney 1857-1858     

Nominated 1860                               

Bidding Farewell to Stepmom 1861         

1st Fatality Civil War 1861              

Lincoln's Compassion 1861               

Mascot named "old Abe” 1863                

Tad Pranks 1865                                    

Dixie repro & Dix note & 5th verse 1865                                             

Book containing the illustrations from this exhibit  



"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:


- 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.


Hand Drawn "City View" Maps by 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 16 museums in the U.S., specializing in the preservation and display of original, historically significant documents and manuscripts. 

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