Upcoming book ‘Allen County Photo Album 1960-1969’ offers pictorial look at decade of change in Fort Wayne and Allen County
The 1960s were a time of great change in America, and you can revisit that history in the upcoming book “Allen County Photo Album 1960-1969,” which features about 200 photos from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper.
“This is a great look back at a pivotal time in our nation’s history and local history,” said Pete Van Baalen, general manager of Fort Wayne Newspapers (FWN), which is compiling and publishing the 144-page, hardcover book. FWN is a business partnership between The News-Sentinel and Journal Gazette newspapers.
“Many of the pictures haven’t been seen since the day they were published,” Van Baalen said. “A few are even pictures that were never published. There are some real gems in this book that I think people who love Fort Wayne and Allen County will love.”
Copies of the book can be ordered now at the pre-sale price of $29.95, plus tax, if you pick up the book at FWN, and $34.95, plus tax, if you want the book shipped to an address. Books should be delivered by Dec. 1.
The book is the same size and style as two books published previously by the News-Sentinel: “Allen County Photo Album 1852-1954” and “Allen County Photo Album 1955-1959.” Both of those books now are out of print.
Change in Fort Wayne during the 1960s included the construction of Interstate 69, Glenbrook Square and Southtown malls, and downtown buildings such as what is now named the Rousseau Centre at Main and Calhoun streets. People also witnessed the demolition of a few longtime favorites, such as the Paramount Theater.
The decade began with the election of late President John F. Kennedy and people marching for civil rights and ended with soldiers marching off to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. The 1960s also signaled the start of another invasion – the British invasion led by The Beatles and Rolling Stones.
Noted visitors to Fort Wayne during the 1960s included presidential candidates Richard Nixon and Robert F. Kennedy, civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., track-and-field legend Jesse Owens, and future Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Rolling Stones.
News-Sentinel photographers captured major events and daily life on film, said Laura Weston, FWN book editor.
Weston reviewed thousands of photo negatives to compile an initial pool of about 600 images for possible use in the book. She and Van Baalen later selected the approximately 200 black-and-white photos you will see on book pages, she said.
“I love history,” Weston said. “I always am trying to find something that’s representative for the time.”
The photos selected include some she had never seen during her 26 years as the News-Sentinel’s librarian and multimedia editor.
Weston believes the result will be a book people will want to curl up with in a chair and page through as they enjoy a look back at 1960s Fort Wayne and Allen County.
BOOK ORDER INFORMATION
WHAT: The upcoming book “Allen County Photo Album 1960-1969,” which is being published by Fort Wayne Newspapers, takes a look back at the 1960s in Fort Wayne and Allen County with information and more than 200 photos from The News-Sentinel archives.
WHEN: Pre-orders are being accepted now for delivery by Dec. 1.
WHERE: Order at www.books.fortwayne.com or by mail using the order form now printed regularly in the Journal Gazette newspaper.
COST: $29.95, plus $2.10 sales tax, if you pick up the book at Fort Wayne Newspapers, 600 W. Main St. Cost is $34.95, plus $2.45 sales tax, to have the book shipped to an address.