A large majority of the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition membership is made up of people who portray military and civilian figures of various time periods for their own leisure and hobby. These people are commonly known as "re-enactors" or "living historians." As re-enactors, their interpretations of daily life during years past provide a "living history" lesson to interested students. The educational wealth provided by re-enactors has not only proved beneficial for schools and historical parks such as Fort Wayne, but also has made historical motion picture documentaries and dramas such as Glory, The Last of the Mohicans, Gettysburg, and Gods and Generals much more realistic in presentation. Re-enactors are proud of their educational value to the community, and are not reserved about presenting themselves to any party interested and willing to learn about history.
Members of the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition can provide living history interpretations to school and community groups interested in learning about the history of the Fort, as well as the lives of military personnel or civilians who lived during various time periods in our nation's existence. These time periods include colonial, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, as well as Korean and Vietnam Wars. These presentations can be scheduled at the Fort, which would include a tour and discussion of the Fort's architecture and relationship to the city of Detroit. Presentations can also be made at schools and community centers if scheduled in advance.
Living history presentations off of the Fort grounds or at the Fort not during scheduled business hours can be secured for a nominal donation to the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. For more information, please use send an email to use using the form on the Contact Us page of this website. We look forward to helping your school of social group!