Welcome to the Port of Toledo: Then and Now Exhibit

The Port of Toledo and the Maumee River have played a vital role in our region since people first settled here thousands of years ago.  This is an exhibit in three parts.  Part 1: Port of Toledo: Then – this online exhibit was released in Spring 2020 and links to each of the six parts can be found below.  Still to come, we will explore the Port of Toledo as we know it “now” by showcasing collected and crowd-sourced images mirroring the historic story of the “Mighty Maumee.” This portion of the exhibit will debut in mid-November.  We encourage you to submit photos for the “Now” portion directly to us at shipwreck@nmgl.org.  

Currently: Prior to the pandemic and shutdown, NMGL and agreed to work with Promedica to put a physical exhibit into the downtown steamplant headquarters. While not as widely available as it had been hoped for, it was installed in early September and will be on display through early September 2021.  For those of you unable to access the exhibit, please tour it with our curators and celebrity historians in the below videos.

Port Of Toledo: Then and Now – Virtual Tour

Exhibit Introduction

Recreation and Fishing

Tugs and Bridges

Cargo and Shipbuilding

Layup and Schoonmaker

Safety and Passengers

Previous Images from Port of Toledo: Then and Now

All images from:
Great Lakes Historical Society Collection at Bowling Green State University
Historical Collection of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green State University
Personal Collection of Paul C. LaMarre, III
Library of Congress
Toledo Lucas County Public Library

We want your help! 

We are planning to have a “now” photo that corresponds with each “then” photo to put up in the Fall of 2020.  Are you a photographer, do you want to help with this project?  Please contact us at shipwreck@nmgl.org to see how we can best use your skills to complete our project.

This exhibit is made possible by visitors like you.  Please consider making a donation to the National Museum of the Great Lakes to help us continue our important work of preserving and making known the history of the Great Lakes.