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Spring Lecture Series Driven by Partnerships, Expands Footprint of Permanent Exhibit Collection

February 3, 2022 (Toledo, Ohio) On Wednesday, February 23, at 7 p.m. the National Museum of the Great Lakes will begin its annual spring lecture series by featuring the people, places, and moments of the Underground Railroad in Northwest Ohio. “Freedom on the Horizon,” presented by Dr. Janet Rozick in partnership with Heritage Sylvania, will provide insight on the inspiring history of the Underground Railroad in Northwest Ohio as one of the last stops before crossing the Great Lakes to Canada and freedom.

“Our 2022 Spring Lecture Series is all about introducing the diverse roles the Great Lakes have played in history along with furthering partnerships that expand the stories of our current permanent exhibits,” says Kate Fineske, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “For example, beyond their “Freedom on the Horizon” lecture, Heritage Sylvania will also be producing an Underground Railroad micro exhibit opening at the museum later this winter. Likewise, our second lecture topic features Jerry Dennis, an author we partnered with in our new Great Lakes Book Club.”  

Dr. Janet Rozick, the presenter of “Freedom on the Horizon,” currently works as an Associate Professor at American Public University while also volunteering her time at the Lathrop House through Heritage Sylvania—a non-profit education and history center whose mission is to preserve and celebrate Sylvania’s past by placing local history in a national context. This lecture, as with the entire series, will be offered as a hybrid event and participants can choose when registering to take part in-person at the museum or online via Zoom. 

The second lecture in the Spring 2022 series, titled “The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas,” will be March 23. The final presentation, highlighting the history of the Army Corps of Engineers on the Great Lakes, is scheduled for April 6. Event registration is free, but required for all lectures. Donations are encouraged and can be given upon registration.

For more information, call 419-214-5000, visit our event page here.