Most people dont think of the History Center as a scary place, but on Wednesday the centers former jail gave dozens of fourth-graders the chills.
The jail was the first stop during an academic scavenger hunt for Harris Elementary fourth-graders who traveled there for a field trip to learn about Indiana history.
Carren Lewis held tightly to his teachers arm as he walked into the basement jail, which housed accused criminals until the jail closed in 1971.
This is creepy, he said of the dark, small cells. If someone were in here, it would be scary.
For the past three years, more than 200 student groups have visited the History Center. Their visits are free, thanks to the Heritage Education Fund, which provides free tours to all K-12 public, private, parochial and home-school students, teachers and chaperones in a five-county area in northeast Indiana.
History Center Executive Director Todd Maxwell Pelfrey said the program aims to get kids excited about history.
Professor Jan Younger and associate professor Don Buerk will present The Eisenhower and McCann Years; A Defiance College Retrospective at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Schomburg Auditorium. A 6:30 p.m. reception will be in the Womens Commission Art Gallery.
The Fort Wayne Urban League will conduct an informational meeting to complete scholarship applications for the National Achievers Society from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Urban League, 2135 S. Hanna St.
Canterbury School will conduct its first Author Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 5601 Covington Road. More information is at www.canterburyschool.org.
Canterbury School will conduct the Spring Book Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and from 8:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 5601 Covington Road.
Peace and Conflict Studies, the Indiana Center for Mideast Peace, and the Fort Wayne Bahai community are sponsoring a screening of the 30-minute documentary Education Under Fire at 6 p.m. today in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 159.
Indiana Techs admissions office will host a registration day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
The college is hosting MTVs MADE open casting call 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Life Center commons on the north campus, 4900 St. Joe Road.
Elsa Marston, author of the book Santa Claus in Baghdad, will give two presentations at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Student Life Center, 4900 St. Joe Road.
Carl Wilkins, author of the book Im Not Leaving, will chronicle the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi people in his presentation Witness to a Genocide: An Americans Story at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in Gunderson Auditorium, Achatz Hall.
John M. McGrath will present James Joyce, Dive into Darkness, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wells Theater in Taylor Hall.