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Waynedale History

U.S. INAUGURAL HISTORY SHAPES PRESENT TRADITIONS

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The inauguration of the U.S. president followed many traditions the forefathers set in place dating back to the first inauguration of President George Washington in 1789.

The first inauguration for Washington occurred April 30, 1789, in front of New York’s Federal Hall. Four years later, on March 4, 1793, Washington’s second inauguration took place in Philadelphia, where the government had taken up temporary residence while a permanent capital was under construction.

By March 1801, the U.S...

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MIAMI NATION

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William Wells was known as a man of great courage and action that set the stage for his violent death just two weeks after Chief Little Turtle's death. General Harrison asked Wells to assist in the evacuation of Fort Dearborn (current day Chicago), back to the relative safety of Fort Wayne. The retreating party of approximately 100 included his niece who was wife of the Dearborn commanding officer, was ambushed by 600 Potawatomis on the shores of Lake Michigan. Wells fought valiantly but in...

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LINCOLN’S TREASURER EXHIBIT OPEN AT THE HISTORY CENTER

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In commemoration of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, the History Center presents "Lincoln's Treasurer: Hugh McCulloch of Fort Wayne" exhibit through June 30, 2009. This exhibit shows how Fort Wayne native Hugh McCulloch shaped Abraham Lincoln's presidency and legacy. McCulloch was a banker who helped launch the national banking system, and was secretary of the Treasury during Lincoln's presidency.

Lincoln-related books and DVDs are available in the museum shop, including the book "Hugh...

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