FWCS history exhibit opens - March 16, 2007

Record Number: 3052
Displayed from: Mar 16, 2007 , until: Apr 16, 2007

The history and heritage of Fort Wayne's public education system will be showcased at The History Center from March 17 through June 18. Titled "Beyond the 3 R's," the exhibition commemorates Fort Wayne Community Schools' 150th birthday. "The heritage of Fort Wayne's public school system is closely interwoven with the history of the entire region," said Connie M. Casson, Broad Resident and project manager for the 150th birthday. "We are pleased to have partnered with The History Center to present this look back that shows how Fort Wayne has valued education and the ways education has evolved over 150 years." The exhibit, which is located in the Freimann Room of The History Center, includes a timeline of major events that influenced Fort Wayne Community Schools' direction, from the first school built in 1857 to the massive school construction in the 1960's. It shows how the use of technology has altered how education is delivered and highlights the desegregation movement that resulted in FWCS' school choice program. A wide array of memorabilia is displayed, including materials from all high schools, band uniforms from the 1880's, trophies, letter jackets, yearbooks and many photographs. Some items from FWCS graduates are featured in the exhibit. The jerseys of Rod Woodson and Vaughn Dunbar are on display, as are the books of David and Peter Turnley, including the Pulitzer-prize winner, Moments of Revolution. "Fort Wayne Community Schools has touched virtually every segment of our community for over 150 years, and this exhibit helps us understand not only the history of our public schools but also the evolution of our community," said Donn Werling, executive director of The History Center. "We hope everyone who is interested in learning more about how Fort Wayne has become the fine city it is today will view this exhibit." The History Center, located at 302 E. Berry Street, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit is free to all K-12 groups in Allen County. For more information, call The History Center at 426-2882.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.