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Museum’s Waving Through Time: Flags of the Sweetwater Seas Nautical Flag Collection Exhibit Expands Online with Part Two

Tuesday, February 16, 2024 (Toledo, Ohio) – The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) has released the first series in part two of its Waving Through Time: Flags of the Sweetwater Seas online exhibit. Every two weeks through March 26, the museum will introduce a series of flags online that have helped recreational sailors to showcase their identity as well as communicate on the Great Lakes. From yachting association celebratory flags to flags alerting boaters of weather or distress—their history and significance will be explored.

“The National Museum of the Great Lakes’ extensive collection of navigational symbols and house flags is steeped in such rich history. These flags represent the demanding travel and industrious effort that has taken place on the Great Lakes for centuries,” explains Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeological and Research Director. “Our Sweetwater Seas have played an essential role in building all that we enjoy on our shores and beyond.”

Part two of the museum’s flag exhibit will be featured exclusively online. More than 95,000 square miles of navigable water has allowed a large marine recreation industry to anchor itself within our Great Lakes, and its history is captured in these symbols. Centuries of communication in recreational sailing on the Sweetwater Seas will be showcased for anyone to explore on the National Museum of the Great Lakes’s website. To access the exhibit, including part one highlighting commercial flags, visit nmgl.org/wavingthroughtime

The museum encourages individuals to follow @NMGLToledo on social media and sign-up to receive emails for new series launch notifications. The click-and-learn interactive Waving Through Time exhibit is one of many online museum learning opportunities. During the cold winter months and beyond, online visitors can also take a virtual tour of the museum and its ships, see the Port of Toledo Then & Now online exhibit, read through back issues of the award-winning Inland Seas Journal, and even shop the museum’s store. A special Captain Scupper’s Kids Club section of the website offers fun learning activities for children of all ages.

About the National Museum of the Great Lakes: Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society has been preserving our shared cultural history by publishing a quarterly journal Inland Seas® since 1945; by operating a maritime museum since 1952; by offering educational programs to the general public since 1956; by conducting underwater archaeological research across the Great Lakes since 2001; and by managing the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship since 2014 and Museum Tug Ohio since 2019. The opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes enables the Great Lakes Historical Society to continue its mission to preserve and make known the important history of the Great Lakes.

WHAT: Waving through Time: Flags of the Sweetwater Seas,
PART – 2 Online Exhibit

WHEN: Part 2 will release new content every 2-weeks through 6 Series:
Series 1: January 16; Series 2: January 30; Series 3: February 13; Series 4: February 27; Series 5: March 12; Series 6: March 26

WHERE: Online: nmgl.org/wavingthroughtime

ADMISSION: FREE Interactive Online Exhibit

MEDIA CONTACT: Ellen Kennedy; 330.957.0371