We believe in the power of knowledge. To that extent, we offer a variety of educational programs about architecture, preservation, and the heritage of Allen County and northeast Indiana. We are glad to share our knowledge and passion for history with school children, civic groups, and history buffs on a very diverse spectrum of topics, such as:

  • photoIdentifying architectural styles
  • Restoring homes and gardens
  • Traveling the historic Lincoln Highway
  • Recognizing local landmarks
  • Discovering local Underground Railroad sites

Please consult our online Calendar for upcoming events!


photoThroughout the year, we present a multitude of lectures that feature local, regional and national experts. Every late winter into spring, our Fun and Free Lecture Series offers insights and ideas on many preservation issues inside and outside of historic structures to specific issues that property owners and communities face in preserving their historic treasures.Most of our lectures are free and open to the public as part of our service to the greater community’s continuing education.


Our late spring Historic Home & Garden Tour frequently includes national authors and guest speakers who are interested in visiting our community and sharing their research and understanding architectural history, trends, movements, and design. In 2015, we'll be partnering with both the Southwood Park and Harrison Hill Neighborhoods.

Walking & Bus Tours

Our walking tours are a great way to learn more about Fort Wayne's beginning and growing years while spending a relaxing time in the city. Each tour is presented by professional tour guides and focuses on notable architecture, important sites and local history. Tours are available year-round and ideal for groups, schools, organizations, and individuals.

Reservations are requested: $10 for each adult; $5 for children ages 6 through 17; free for children ages 5 and under. For reservations or questions about scheduling, please contact ARCH at 260.426.5117.

photoLet's Go Downtown! is a series of easy walking tours that ARCH offers to individuals and groups curious about Fort Wayne’s downtown architecture and history. Ideally, tours are given for groups of 10 or more.  Tours last 90 minutes and travel approximately one mile, hitting some of Fort Wayne’s “must-see” architectural gems. We suggest calling ahead to let us know how many to expect so that we can arrange enough tour guides.

Classical Architecture- By Jove, join ARCH for a historically-rich walking tour of downtown Fort Wayne in this engaging exploration of how the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians invaded Fort Wayne through art and architecture.

West Central Historic District - For a sampling of Fort Wayne's early civilized era, take this stroll through the tree-lined streets of one of Fort Wayne's oldest neighborhoods - the fashionable West Central Historic District. We'll point out the district's significant architecture, people, and history from downtown to the St. Mary's River.

Forts on the Portage - This is a tour through time and discovery, as we explore the underground history of Fort Ste. Philippe des Miamis, the first French fort built in the Fort Wayne area in 1722, and Fort Wayne, the last fort built by General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in his campaign against the Miami Confederacy in 1794.

Murder, Mystery and Mayhem: Historic Tales of Fort Wayne's Nefarious Past - This is not another ghost tour! We'll tell you the truly dark and sometimes grisly history of Fort Wayne from disastrous building collapses to hangings and bloody battles. This tour may not be suitable for all ages, however, all ages are welcome. (NOTE: If you are looking for a frightening or paranormal encounter, this may not be the tour for you - this tour features true historic tales of Fort Wayne. For more ghostly options contact ARCH about suspected paranormal sites.)

Saturday October 4th ~ 7PM – Leaves from the Fort Wayne Visitor’s Center

Saturday October 18th ~ 6-10 PM – Leaves from the Indiana Hotel Lobby during Downtown Fright Night! Tours start every hour on the hour.

Haunted History: The Dark Side of West Central - Take a spooky stroll through the West Central Historic District as we spin tales of ghosts, grave robbing and death! This tour is suitable for all ages.

Saturday October 11th & 25th ~ 7pm. Both tours leave from the parking lot of the USF Performing Arts Center (Scottish Rite).

Heritage Trail — ARCH is the trustee of the Fort Wayne Heritage Trail, a series of four, self-guided downtown walking tours that feature community history and local landmarks. Free maps are available at ARCH, the History Center, and the Visitors’ Center.

Charter Bus Tours include one of ARCH’s step-on tour guides, who will serve as your group’s escort through local historic districts and liaison at a number of selected sites. The cost is $75/hour, per tour guide. Please contact our office a minimum of two weeks in advance so that we may secure enough tour guides and make necessary arrangements.

Dearly Departed - Explore Lindenwood Cemetery with ARCH and the History Center. We'll look at some of Fort Wayne's notables buried here, as well as find out a bit more about tombstone rubbings and headstone carving. Find out the true stories behind the names of Fort Wayne's streets, like Hamilton, Hanna, Rockhill and Fairfield. And what tour would be complete without Fort Wayne's newest celebrity, former Mayor Harry Baals. Sponsored by Dignity Memorial and Lindenwood Cemetery.

Saturday October 4th ~ 2-5 PM – This is a FREE event!

Classroom Studies & On-site Activities

photoAs part of our commitment to community education, we offer a variety of programs, activities, and lectures for groups of all ages, from elementary age children to senior adults. Hands-on workshops and on-site activities focus on key elements of preservation by teaching valuable restoration and research skills and techniques. Some classes are designed to help homeowners reinvest in their homes or historic structures for the greatest benefit, while others offer a hands-on approach to learning and understanding how previous generations lived and worked.

ARCH is developing classroom lessons on local history for use in classrooms. Teachers may download the lesson and make copies to use with their students.




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