Museum’s Free Lecture Series Returns This Fall; Ethical Logging on the Great Lakes is the First Topic

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 (Toledo, Ohio)October will bring the return of the popular National Museum of the Great Lakes lecture series. The 2023 Fall Lecture Series kicks off Thursday, October 5 at 7 p.m. with Natalie Cypher, Educator of the Michigan DNR Outdoor Adventure Center, presenting about the impact of logging along the Great Lakes.

“Having a naturalist, educator, and all-around wildlife enthusiast with such a deep understanding of Great Lakes logging history speak will be a rich addition to our lecture series,” said Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeological and Research Director who also oversees the museum’s lecture series. “Cypher is both a great informational resource and a great environmental educator, stringing together more than a century of natural resource management’s importance in the Great Lakes region.”

In a article featuring Cypher, she talked about her love for her work. “I feel beyond fortunate regularly that my work allows me to combine several passions—my love of nature, with teaching and sharing. I have worked for many years in Interpretation and Environmental
Education in the metro-Detroit area.” For her museum lecture, Cypher will present Logging and the Birth of a Land Ethic, which uncovers the roots of logging across the Great Lakes states and explains how it pushed natural resource management to evolve over the decades.

The second installment of the 2023 Fall Lecture Series, Ford Motor Company—A Great Lakes Manufacturer: Manufacturing Men and Machines in the Pursuit of the First Universal Car, will take place on Wednesday, October 25. Senior Lakelorian and Program Director for American Queen Cruiselines’ onboard historical lecture series, Ian Ross, will come ashore to present.

The fall series concludes on November 15 with a presentation on Dugout Canoes of Wisconsin. To accommodate all who would like to participate, the events will be hybrid, allowing for both in-person and Zoom attendance. Because of their popularity, registration for all lectures, although free, is required. Donations are encouraged and can be given upon registration. For more information on our full line-up for our Fall Lecture Series or to register to join the events, visit