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September 2021

Ship & Shore: The Ultimate Great Lakes History Day

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
$12 – $40

Make a day out of exploring Great Lakes history at the National Museum of the Great Lakes and seeing the Port of Toledo from the water aboard the Sandpiper. Your ticket gets you full access to the National Museum of the Great Lakes, including world class, family friendly exhibits, a 617-foot iron ore freighter and a lake class tugboat before boarding the Sandpiper at 1 PM for a two hour tour of the Maumee River. After the Sandpiper tour, you

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H2Oh! Gala & Silent Auction

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Historic ProMedica Steam Plant, 100 Madison Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604, 100 Madison Ave.
Toledo, OH 43604 United States
$100

We invite you to join us on Saturday, September 25, 2021, for the annual H2Oh! fundraiser in support of the Great Lakes Historical Society and its National Museum of the Great Lakes.

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October 2021

Fall Lecture Series: “Bottled Goodbyes”

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hybrid: Online Virtual OR In-person at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
Free

Join us for the first presentation of our 2021 fall lecture series. Offered as a hybrid event, participants can choose when registering to take part in person at the museum or online via Zoom with an option to purchase the book for either participation preference. ~ ABOUT THE LECTURE: Bottled messages have been discovered onshore nearly as long as glass containers have been invented. They bring tidings from ocean voyagers, invitations for pen-pals, tragic attempts for rescue, and floating farewells

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Boo on the Boat

Boo on the Boat

October 29 - October 31
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Bring your ghouls and goblins for Halloween fun aboard two of Toledo’s most historic haunts, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the Museum Tug Ohio. Trick or treat in costume from the pilot houses to the galleys and everywhere in between.  This year we are extending Boo on the Boat for an entire weekend. Candy at each station will be provided in pre-portioned, sealed bags.** Admission Required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase your tickets

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November 2021

The Fitzgerald Experience

November 6 - November 7
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
$20 – $25

In honor of the 46th Anniversary of the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, we are offering a weekend of special tours. The Fitzgerald Experience is a guided tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, using our lake freighter and its similarities to the Edmund Fitzgerald to discuss the events of November 10, 1975, theories surrounding the vessel's sinking, and stories about the 29 crew members who were lost. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Each

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Fall Lecture Series: The Making of Bradstreet’s Disaster

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hybrid: Online Virtual OR In-person at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
Free

Join us for the second presentation of our 2021 fall lecture series. Offered as a hybrid event, participants can choose when registering to take part in person at the museum or online via Zoom. ~ Between October 18-19, 1764 a great storm blew up and destroyed almost half of a fleet of bateau and canoes being led by Col. John  Bradstreet near the Rocky River on the south shore of Lake Erie. How could this happen? How did Bradstreet come

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Veterans Day Free Admission

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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The National Museum of the Great Lakes is offering FREE museum admission to retired and active military on Thursday, November 11 over Veterans Day. Visitors must present a valid military ID or proof of veteran status on the day of their visit.  Advance tickets are available here, but not required.

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History Happy Hour – Rogues, Rebels and Radicals

November 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$30 – $35

Add some history to your happy hour! Enjoy our exhibits and learn more about the seedier side of Great Lakes history, while winding down. ~ Did you know that there was a King on the Great Lakes? What about a war over Toledo? Grab your friends for happy hour drinks to explore our museum exhibits after hours. Learn more about some Great Lakes historical characters who forged their own path or lived on the wrong side of the law. The

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December 2021

Fall Lecture Series: Braving the Waves—Life-Saving Service on the Shipwreck Coast

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hybrid: Online Virtual OR In-person at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
Free

Join us for the final presentation of our 2021 fall lecture series. Offered as a hybrid event, participants can choose when registering to take part in the lecture in person at the museum or online via Zoom. Please note, our presenter will be delivering the lecture virtually and not at the museum. Individuals choosing to join us in person will participate in a watch party at the National Museum of the Great Lakes and be a part of the live-streamed

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Christmas Tree Ship 2021

December 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Make a memory that will last a lifetime by watching Santa arrive at the museum’s dock aboard a Geo. Gradel Co. tugboat delivering a Christmas Tree into your hands or the hands of someone in need. On November 23, 1912, the schooner Rouse Simmons sank while carrying Christmas trees. Known as the Christmas Tree Ship, her captain, Herman E. Schuenemann (a.k.a. “Captain Santa”), was known for giving trees to families in need. This is the inspiration behind our annual Christmas

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