cmbuuck on July 17th, 2016

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cmbuuck on July 1st, 2016

On June 22nd the Friends of Wyneken sponsored a bus tour for the Palatines to America, a genealogical society that studies Germanic immigration to North America. The organization was in Fort Wayne for a national conference. Since this area is rich in German heritage, FOW offered a look at our unique history, with the concentration on Friedrich Wyneken and his profound influence on Lutheranism in Adams and Allen counties. In addition to the Wyneken House, the congregations of Zion Lutheran (Friedheim) and St. John’s Lutheran (Bingen) in Adams County and Emmanual Lutheran (Soest) and St. Paul’s Lutheran (Fort Wayne) in Allen County were the focus of the tour. It was a very enjoyable and informative day. We want to thank the participating congregations and their members who opened their churches to us and provided us with a presentation of their church’s history, along with food and drink.

Palatine Web Post


cmbuuck on June 1st, 2016

Summer is here in Fort Wayne and with it comes the first big event of the season . . . GERMANFEST! Friends of Wyneken will be there in the cultural tent. After you have enjoyed some great German beer and a bratwurst come by to say hi and check us out.

Germanfest Collage


For further information on Germanfest visit their website at:


cmbuuck on June 1st, 2016

Progress continues at the Wyneken House. Since the last post we have finished the driveway and replaced the siding on the house. We also continue to work on the interior. Many of the walls are in bad shape and need to be replaced. Thanks again to our dedicated and resourceful volunteers. Their hard work makes all this possible.

Spring Work Collage



cmbuuck on March 16th, 2016

Timeline of the Wyneken House from 1926-2016


It has been awhile since there has been an update on the Wyneken House restoration. A lot has taken place since the last post. From the outside it actually looks like an inhabitable house now. However, the inside is still in need of a lot of work before it reaches that point. Following are some pictures chronicling the progress of the last year.

Drilling Well

Installation of the well, with the assistance of a grant from Adams County. This allows the Friends Of Wyneken to have hot and cold running water in the basement.

Wyneken Bathroom

We have a bathroom! No more porta-potty for this group!

Preparing Wood for Steps

Oak planks and boards, that had previously been sawn, being put through a planer to smooth them and make them all of equal dimension, prior to be used to build the stairs in the house.


Engaging the Public

FOW events . . . Speaking to a group of visitors at the house and bringing Christmas cheer to shut-ins.

Electric & Stairs

Renovation & Restoration . . . 21st century electrical wiring meets 19th century construction! And two beautifully crafted oak staircases.

Major Yardwork

“Major” Yardwork . . . A trench to control run-off, high places made low and low places filled in , and excavation for a stone drive down to the rear of the basement.


Since having to move the Wyneken House 10 years ago to prevent its destruction, the Friends of Wyneken have slowly but steadily worked to restore the House and make it accessible to the public as an interpretive center. Even in its current state as a work in progress, it has been well received with over 300 visitors in just the past couple of years alone.

The restoration process has been long, and very costly. The Friends of Wyneken’s work is funded solely by volunteer work, individual donations, fund raisers, and grants when available.  We are extremely grateful to Adams County Community Foundation for its grant to the Friends of Wyneken in 2015, which helped fund the installation of our well.

Ken Selking




cmbuuck on January 5th, 2015

This past week Friends of Wyneken lost one of our faithful supporters and a Wyneken family member. Keep her family in your prayers.


Wilma Louise (Nuffer) Blackmore  (1923-2015)

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Wilma Louise (Nuffer) Blackmore went to be with her Lord early Friday morning January 2, 2015 at Caretel Inns of the Tri Cities with her loving family at her side. Age of 91 years. The daughter of the late Gustave L. and Meta J. (Kussrow) Wyneken was born October 17, 1923 in Bay City and has resided here all of her life. Wilma was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Friendship Club, enjoyed her bowling leagues and card clubs. She was formerly employed with the Bay City Public School System as a secretary in the payroll records office. On February 15, 1942 she married Warren A. Nuffer and he preceded her in death on April 15, 1983. On June 27, 1986 she married Armand N. Blackmore and he survives her passing along with four children; Judith L. and Jerry McPhee of Bay City, Warren Wm. and Amy Nuffer of Bay City, Mark S. and Shirley Nuffer of Lake, MI and Patricia A. Stone of Apollo Beach, FL, two step children; Penny and Jeff Evans and Lou Ann Isler, ten grandchildren; Jeffrey A. and Patti Mueller, David and Wendy Mueller, Debra K. and Eric Cameron, Mark D., Michael S. Michelle Nuffer, Stacy L. Nuffer, Katie A. Falcon, William J. and Jill Reynolds II, Holly and Jason Essex and Darcy Lee Nuffer, her step grandchildren; Michell B. and David M. Nelson, Christopher C. Evans and his fiance Courtney Doullard , many great grandchildren, and step great grandchildren, two sisters; Mildred Nuffer and Helen Wyneken and her nieces and nephews. Besides her husband Warren she was preceded in death by three sisters; Anita Bernreuter, Cordul Meyer and Edna Wickman and her brother-in-law; James Nuffer The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Caretel of the Tri-Cities especially Eric, David, Alissa, Barbara, Rachel and Cindy for the kind and compassionate care they provided for Wilma during the time they cared for her. Funeral Services will take place Monday, January 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Officiating will be Rev. William H. Allwardt with interment following in Floral Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gephart Funeral Home, Inc. Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Mrs. Blackmore will be taken to the church on Monday to lie in state from 12:00 O’clock noon and until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy area asked to consider a memorial to the “Wishes of the Family” for a future scholarship fund to be established for Arlo, Henry and Wilma Jane or to the Music Fund at Zion Lutheran Church.

Gephart Funeral Home – Bay City, MI

cmbuuck on December 23rd, 2014

2014 FOW Christmas card

cmbuuck on September 25th, 2014

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WHEN:  October 2-4, 2014  (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

TIME: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

WHERE:  11694 NW Winchester Road (next to the Wyneken house); approximately 2.5 miles southeast of Poe, IN


Follow the signs and come check us out in the “Red Barn” for some great bargains!



cmbuuck on June 11th, 2014

Germanfest Collage


It’s June, and that means it is time for Germanfest in Fort Wayne, IN. While you celebrate German heritage with beer, brats and music take out some time and come and visit us. FOW will be at our usual place in the cultural tent.

For further information on Germanfest visit their website at:


cmbuuck on May 26th, 2014

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The Friends of Wyneken are pleased to announce the first public Open House of the historic Rev. F.C.D. Wyneken House. This event will be held on Saturday, June 21st (10-6) and Sunday, June 22nd (11-6) at 11730 NW Winchester Road, Decatur, IN. For further details please refer to the following link:  Wyneken House OPEN HOUSE