Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

History to come alive with two performances

Posted: Friday, November 4, 2016

Bob Jones at left, who is the event coordinator and education liaison of Historic Fort Wayne Inc., as well at the board of director’s vice president, will discuss the history surrounding the Three Rivers region from 1680 to 1820, on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 p.m., during the general meeting of the Huntington County Historical Society.

Anyone interested in being considered for a board appointment to the Historical Society is encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Jones’ talk will cover the period during which Fort Wayne was built by Major John Whistler, who commanded the fort in 1816, the year of Indiana’s statehood. He will also discuss the mission of Historic Fort Wayne, its events, educational activities and programs. Jones’ involvement with the Old Fort began in 2006 as a volunteer. His first projects involved buildings and grounds, and later committee assignments. He has a master’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University, and has taught in East Allen County schools most of his life.

Indianapolis actor Jeff Kuehl, right, will recite and perform a selection of Indiana poet James Whitcomb Riley’s most familiar poems at the Historic Forks of the Wabash on Wednesday, November 16, beginning at 7 p.m. The program, sponsored by the Huntington County Historical Society, is the last of four programs organized to celebrate Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial.

The performance will include biographical information presented in the first person. The family-oriented program promises to keep the audience in smiles as they take a theatrical journey with one of the most successful poets and comedians of his time. Riley biographer Elizabeth J. Van Allen has said that Kuehl definitely captures the essence of Riley.

Kuehl is a teaching artist with ArtMix Indiana, and for many years coordinated the annual Very Special Arts Festival in Columbus, Indiana. He has portrayed James Whitcomb Riley for more than 15 years at many banquets, theaters and festivals across the Hoosier State. Admission to the program is free, but tickets are required. To obtain tickets, call either (260) 356-7264 or (260) 356-7643, or stop by the museum at 315 Court Street during operating hours.