Museum’s Next Lecture Delves into President Hayes History & Connection to the Great Lakes

Thursday, March 9, 2023 (Toledo, Ohio) – On Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. the National Museum of the Great Lakes will hold their second presentation of the 2023 Spring Lecture Series exploring president Rutherford B. Hayes and his family’s close ties to the Great Lakes. Presented by Dan Baker, the lecture explores topics such as the joint purchase of an island in Lake Erie and a family-owned, Lima-based Dart speed boat manufacturing company.

“During his third term as Ohio Governor, soon-to-be president Rutherford B. Hayes entered into a partnership with individuals to purchase Mouse Island,” says Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeological and Research Director who oversees the lecture series. “This Island became a place for his entire family to fish, camp, and relax—highlighting just one of the many deep connections he had over his lifetime to the Great Lakes”

The lecturer’s presenter, Dan Baker, works at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Libraries and Museums in Fremont, Ohio. He also instructs for the Terra State College Life Scholar’s program on a wide variety of historical subjects.

As in all the museum’s lectures, this presentation will be offered as a hybrid event using Zoom or in-person at the museum. Event registration is free, but required for all lectures. Donations are encouraged and can be given upon registration. For more information or to register, visit