Welcome to the Home Page of the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition.  Our group is dedicated to preserving the history of Michigan men and women who served their country between 1845 and 1973 who either sent material to or personally passed through Historic Fort Wayne as a place of induction to United States military service.  We are busy helping the Fort’s caretakers, the City of Detroit Recreation Department with this effort in two major ways.  First, we are active in presenting high quality events that provide ways for the public to enjoy Historic Fort Wayne and see glimpses or how it would have looked when it was garrisoned.  We are also very busy in the effort of preserving and restoring as much of the structures and facilities as possible on the Fort grounds. 

We welcome you to our Home Page and invite you in to look around.  Inside you’ll find information about the work we do and the fun we have at one of Michigan’s great historic gems.  If you need more information, please use the Contact Us page and we’ll be happy to help you out.

Take Me Out to the Ball Games(s) - July 19

Detroit Early Risers Vintage Base Ball Team - Photo take at Historic Fort Wayne

Photo provided by the Detroit Early Risers

Much has been going on for our two Vintage Base Ball Teams. Did I say that right? Yes! Historic Fort Wayne is proud to now host TWO Vintage Base Ball Teams. Of course, the Early Risers have been here for several years. In 2014 we are proud to introduce the Detroit River Belles, a ladies' team. The Belles, like the Early Risers, are also named for a historic team. Come see both teams play next weekend! We will host a Vintage Base Ball Mini Series on Saturday, July 19. The games will be played on the Riverfront Parade Ground. When we have an exact schedule, it will be posted on our Vintage Base Ball page.

The Detroit River Belles have received some really good press in the past week. Below is a link to a blog story about them and an article on the Detroit Free Press website. Congratulations, ladies!!!!

Detroit UnSpun Blog story of the Detroit River Belles

Detroit Free Press article on the Detroit River Belles

Learn about Fort events on Facebook!

The HFWC has started a new page on Facebook to help all guests who want to learn more about events we and others are holding at Historic Fort Wayne. How can you see that? Follow the link below to the "Historic Fort Wayne Events" page and hit like. We hope to see you there!

Historic Fort Wayne Events - Facebook Page

Work going on the CO House!

Spring is here and it's finally warm enough to do work on the site. Contractors working for the City of Detroit started this week. The Comandant's House is getting a new roof to protect all the artifacts inside. This picture was taken Tuesday, May 6. The grass has turned green and another good step is being taking to stabilize the our gem!

Roof Work

National Past time

The HFWC is proud to count in our numbers members of the Early Risers Vintage Baseball club. It's spring and baseball is in the air. Visit the Vintage Baseball page to see the schedule of when our team plays - at home, away and at the corner of Michigan and Trumball!

Opening Day coming soon!

The winter seems to have left us. Many members and friends have pitched in a lot of work to clean up the winter mess. It's time to open up for 2014! Historic Fort Wayne will open for its regular Spring through Fall seasonal schedule for guests on Saturday, May3. Come join us! Opening weekend will feature the World War 2 re-enactment and Veteran's recognition.

Spring Flea Market at hit!

Three great weekends in a row! After two groups came in and helped prepare the grounds for the season, we had our first opening. The spring flea market attracted over 1800 guests to Historic Fort Wayne and was greatly enjoyed! If you are looking for a good flea market at a great venue, we look forward to seeing you this fall on October 11 and 12 for the Fall Flea Market! Find out more at our Flea Market page! See some more photos from this flea market on the new photo page.

Overview of the HFWC Spring 2014 flea market

Thanks to all CWPT Park Day helpers!

Historic Fort Wayne participted in the Civil War Preservation Trust's Park Day on April 5. It is a one day, nationwide clean up of sites significant to the American Civil War. Thanks to the volunteers who came out and made it a great day! We really took more good strides getting our gem ready for guests this year. See more photos and a link to a blog about the event here.

Group of volunteers clean up Historic Fort Wayne during the CWPT's Park Day on April 5, 2014

THANK YOU U of M Heros!

On March 29, about 1,000 Univeristy of Michigan students travelled to help out across Detroit. It was hosted by their non-profit www.detroitpartnership.org. We at Historic Fort Wayne were proud to host about 100 of the students who spent the day helping us clean up our historic gem after the hard winter and prepare it for the upcoming open season. The 100 students worked around the site with 9 HFWC volunteers, ate lunch in the barracks and each got a tour on the Fort's history. Their concerted efforts have made a huge dent in getting the Fort ready for visitors this season. For that we say a huge THANK YOU and GO BLUE!!!

Work Prep for UofM students

Membership Event page updated

HFWC Members - Want to know when the 2014 work days or meetings are? Go to the membership events page and check it out there.

Welcome 2014!

Happy New Year! 2013 was a very successful year at Historic Fort Wayne. The World War 2 and Civil War events both moved to new dates. Several more Boy Scouts earned their Eagle Scout award in part by completing projects on site to help restore and maintain our historic gem. Civil War Christmas hosted twice as many people as it ever has! We can't wait to see what comes in 2014!

Like us on Facebook!

We're thrilled you are visiting the HFWC here on our homepage. If you are a guest or interested in visiting the Fort, you can learn about a lot of events, and see past events, in the "Fort Events" and "Photo Gallery" pages. However, you can also learn more about upcoming events by liking the Fort's regularly updated page on Facebook. Search for "Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit" or follow this link:

https://www.facebook.com/HisFortWayne

Information also goes on the HFWC Facebook page but there is also a lot of "club" chatter there. If you are interested in what's coming up at the Fort, please "Like" the page above.

One other way to help us - check in at the Fort on Facebook when you are there. Together we will all spread the word of the great events coming up at Michigan's Historic Gem!

Painting of Historic Fort Wayne

Tim Kurtz Print

Local artist Tim Kurtz paints historical art. He has done a painting of the Fort! This is the image. Prints of this work are available every time you see our sales table and will shortly be available on our Store page. You'll also be able shortly to learn more about Tim in the store page. For now, you can visit his homepage by visiting our Links page.

 

Donate Online - Help the Fort!

We now are able to take financial donation here on-line. We are set up through paypal. All funds raised will be used to support our work to help educate the public about Historic Fort Wayne and to preserve and restore it! Thanks for your donations!

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Facebook

In addition to this site, you can also follow us on Facebook. Join our Facebook group at:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=43581880083&ref=ts

We hope you find this site helpful and we look forward to seeing you at the Fort!

Overhead of Historic Fort Wayne