Dedicated to Fort Wayne
The Historic Fort Wayne Coalition was formed in 2004 by a group of individuals from all walks of life who share one common goal - to be a positive force for the restoration and promotion of Detroit's Historic Fort Wayne. In 2007 the Coalition was awarded 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS. We work side by side with the City of Detroit Recreation Department, Friends of Fort Wayne, Colonial Dames in the State of Michigan, the Detroit Historical Society, Tuskegee Airmen and other groups.
A large part of our membership is made up of "living historians," men and women who enjoy reenacting various eras in our nation's history. We also have many non-historian members who, through contributions of time or funds, help restore and maintain this important historic site for the public's enjoyment. Membership is open to all adults. Participation can be as little or often as you like. See the Donate / Join page for details.
The HFWC is led by an Executive Board of up to seven people who serve two-year terms. Any member in good standing is welcome to run for office. Meet the Executive Board.
Restoration and Maintenance
Coalition members help Historic Fort Wayne in many ways. An important part of our work is restoration and maintenance. We maintain the lawns, trees and shrubs, and the general cleaning of parking areas and roads. The HFWC regularly works on construction projects involving the many structures here, such as the Commanding Officers House, Spanish American War Era Guardhouse, Blacksmith Shop and the 1848 Limestone Barracks. These very necessary projects are tackled during once-monthly workdays open to all members. Some participants additionally meet during the week to continue specific projects and share camaraderie. You can check out some of the current and past projects on the Restoration and Preservation page.
The Coalition is engaged in planning and hosting most Fort events, as well as providing special and regular tours. The restoration and maintenance work pays off when our living historians join fellow re-enactors for Coalition sponsored events held throughout the year where visitors are treated to a glimpse of how the fort looked during different eras of its use. These eras include the American Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II and Vietnam. Also often seen are the uniforms and traditions of men and women who served in other countries' armed forces, specifically those of British and Prussian armies.
Through these efforts, our living historians and many others behind the scenes bring the fort to life to tell the story of those who served our country at Fort Wayne. Find out when these living history events happen by going to our Event Calendar page.
In addition to public events, the HFWC works with schools to provide high quality private events for students. From tours of the site to our immersive Weekend Civil War Experience, we work hard to provide age-appropriate events that leave students wanting to learn more. Find out more about this part of our work on the Educational Opportunities page.
Unique Scouting Experiences
The HFWC has an excellent relationship with the Boy Scouts of America in the region. Many troops come to the fort to spend a night or weekend. We have even hosted a district camporee. Scouts learn about service to the community by assisting with fort restoration work projects. Some work toward their Eagle Scout rank by using the fort as a place to do their public service project. Learn more about this unique relationship and see a few completed projects on our Scouting Orgs page.
The Coalition is also active in fundraising efforts in support of the education and restoration programs. We do this through product sales, membership dues and through working with other organizations to bring their support to the fort.
The Coalition is determined to keep the history of Fort Wayne available to the public to enjoy safely for many years to come. If you share the same interest in helping preserve this military history gem, please visit the Donate / Join page. There is much to be done and your support is greatly appreciated!