The Admiral Society Selection Results 2024

The National Museum of the Great Lakes’ Admiral Society’s Funds Enhance Museum Tug Ohio Access & Expand Artifact Collection

The National Museum of the Great Lakes proudly announces the allocation of funds by its esteemed Admiral Society towards transformative projects aimed at enriching the visitor experience. The Admiral Society is a program designed to empower its members to make impactful decisions toward preserving Great Lakes’ heritage and enhancing engagement.

With a collective vision to shape the past, present, and future of the museum through education, experience, and achievement, members voted on how to invest their allocated $60,000 in annual funds in two pivotal initiatives: enhancing access to the Museum Tug Ohio and expanding the Museum’s artifact collection.

Members were presented with three future-building project options. To kick off the season, the Galloo Island Shipwreck project was privately funded, allowing the opportunity for an additional project to enter the Selection round. 

The Building Through Collecting initiative focuses on securing 80 historically significant artifacts from a distinguished private collection, ensuring their preservation for future generations. This effort also secures the right of first refusal for the remaining artifacts, safeguarding valuable pieces of maritime heritage.

The Museum Tug Ohio Engine Access project addresses safety concerns identified during the vessel restoration, which was generously donated to the Museum in 2019. While the tug has been a highlight of the museum’s offerings, visitor access to the engine room has been limited by safety concerns. The project will now implement safer stairs, enhancing visitor access and enriching the educational experience.

“The Admiral Society plays a crucial role in advancing the museum’s mission,” said Sara Smith, Director of Institutional Advancement of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “Through their dedicated support and strategic funding decisions, we can continue to expand our educational outreach and preserve the rich history of the Great Lakes.”

Applications for new Admiral Society members are now open for the upcoming year. Individuals interested in supporting these initiatives and becoming part of shaping the Museum’s future can find more information at or by contacting Sara Smith at 419-214-5000 ext. 207 or