Christmas at the Fort 2009 was a interpretative event that welcomed guests to meet Christmas traditions of different eras from our county through the eyes of men and women who lived and worked at Fort Wayne. 2009 was the second time we held the event. It is becoming an annual event that is developing its own following. Check the Events page and join us if your schedule allows!

Caretaker

After the Fort was built there were about 10 years before it was garrisoned. A lone night watchman and his family lived at the Fort and kept an eye on it. Pat Price portrays this man.

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Sally Port Carvings

Guests enjoy a chance to see some of the carvings made by soldiers across the ages in the Sally Port tunnel.

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tour exits Fort

Tour Guide Eric Berger leads a group out of the Sally Port into the Fort's parade ground. Interpreter Chris Noble stands guard.

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ACW officers dinner

Civil War officers enjoy a meal together. Visible left to right: Andy Roscoe, Jim Rapai and Mark Heath.

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Officers with public

Guests enjoy watching a Union officer portrayed by Andy Roscoe write a letter.

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Heath

Musician Mark Heath provides holiday spirit through music.

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US Infantry in barracks

An unidentified interpreter takes a break during the tours.

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Sean Collicott and family

Guests visit with interpreter Sean Collicott as he prepares to write a letter home.

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Walking tour

After meeting Civil War soldiers and officers the tours continue around the Fort grounds. This tour is led by tour guide Jerry Turlo.

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ACW Civilians and public

The next stop was to meet civillians from Detroit during the Civil. They shared some of the traditions from the home front with our guests.

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Girolando

Ken Giorlando portrays a postmaster. Here is preparing a message to a soldier in the civillian display.

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Guests in the Span Am Guardhousr

After leaving the Civil War era, guests moved forward to the Spanish American War era. In the Spanish American Guardhouse, visitors get a look at one of the displays of the men who lived at the Fort then.

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Public at SAGH

Coalition members enjoy touring the displays at the Spanish American War Guardhouse. At right, interpreter Ted Dumbrigue explains some of the pieces of his display.

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window to World War 2

The Fort is a great place to get a "window back in time." Here we take a look in at the World War 2 era display.

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visiting the World War 2 era

Interpreters Devin Greene and Steve Rossio share some of the stories of Christmas during World War 2 with guests.

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World War 2

Those stories caused our guests to ask good questions, which are always welcomed!

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Store

Besides all the interpreters and tour guides, there were MANY Coaliton members who helped make the event a success. Here, Mary Gisslander has the Coaliton Store set up at the end of the tour.

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