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1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
419-214-5000

September 2016

Open Labor Day!

September 5, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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The National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is typically closed on Mondays, will be open to the public on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016, from 10am-5pm. In recognition of labor organizations, we are admitting current and retired union members, with proper union identification, into the museum for FREE. This discount applies to the individual only.

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Fall Lecture Series: “A 1000-Mile Great Lakes Island Adventure”

September 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Lecuture and Book Signing with Loreen Niewenhuis, Author and Adventurer In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the bestselling book, A 1000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH. In 2012, she took another long journey, covering 1000 miles of shoreline touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this adventure, A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK, explores the entire Great Lakes system. Finally, in 2014, she launched off of the shoreline to visit many of the islands of

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October 2016

Wreck-a-Palooza – Session 2

October 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$12 – $75

Wreck-a-palooza is a two day event covering shipwreck discoveries across the Great Lakes.  Come hear more about exciting discoveries that are found in the Great Lakes every year - and it isn’t always a shipwreck!  Each day will have two speakers and a box lunch.  These symposiums will take place on Saturdays, April 30 and October 8, 2016.  You have the option to register for one presentation, one day, or the entire symposium (4 talks over the 2 days)  If

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Fall Lecture Series: “Lake Erie’s Perfect Storm”

October 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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"Lake Erie’s Perfect Storm: Black Friday, October 20, 1916" by Carrie Sowden, Archaeological Director for the National Museum of the Great Lakes Four ships and 58 crew members were lost when a storm hit Lake Erie on what would come to be known as “Black Friday.” Join us to learn about and commemorate the 100-year anniversary of this tragic event. This is free for members or included with the price of admission. Registration Required – 419-214-5000 x 200 or reservations@inlandseas.org. You can now

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Boo on the Boat

October 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Bring your ghouls and goblins for Halloween fun aboard one of Toledo's most historic haunts, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Trick or treat in costume from the pilot house to the galley and everywhere in between. Museum Admission Required. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult. $8 - Children (6-17),  $10 - Seniors (65+), $11 - Adults (18-64), Children 5 and under FREE, NMGL Members FREE Admission onto the Schoonmaker is included FREE with museum admission

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November 2016

Fall Lecture Series: “McDougall’s Great Lakes Whalebacks”

November 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Lecture and Book Signing with Neel Zoss, Author and Historian Neel Zoss is one of the Great Lakes’ foremost experts on Alexander McDougall’s whaleback barges and steamships. In this presentation Zoss will explore the history of this unique design and highlight some of the notable examples of the style. This is free for members or included with the price of admission. ** Due to the popularity of this program we will have two presentations of this lecture, one each at 5pm and 7pm.**

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December 2016

Christmas Tree Ship

December 3, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $40

Get your Christmas Tree from Toledo’s very own “Christmas Tree Ship.” On Saturday, December 3, fresh cut Christmas trees will arrive at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, brought by the tug Josephine and escorted by Santa! Come down to the museum to participate in this Toledo tradition. Pre-purchase your tree and watch it come off the tug and into your hands, just like the "Christmas Tree Ships" of old! The trees will be approximately 5 to 7 feet tall.

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February 2017

Exhibit Opening for Temporary Exhibit – “Ballast Technology: Saving Ships, Lives, and the Environment”

February 24, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

Join us for the exhibit opening of the new temporary exhibit: Ballast Technology: Saving Ships, Lives, and the Environment. Light refreshments will be available and attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the exhibit designers. This event is free with museum admission, members are free. Ballast Technology: Saving Ships, Lives, and the Environment: Since ancient times, sailors have known that keeping a ship upright requires a heavy bottom and not too much unbalanced weight above water. Modern principles of ballast

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March 2017

Spring Lecture Series: “Keeping It In Trim: Ballast and Great Lakes Shipping”

March 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Presentation by Matthew Daley, Grand Valley State University and Jeffrey Ram, Wayne State University Since ancient times, sailors have known that keeping a ship up-right requires a heavy bottom and not too much unbalanced weight above water. Modern principles of ballast system designs developed with the advent of steel hulls, steam power, powerful pumps, and water ballast in the nineteenth century, but engineers now have to design new ballast management systems to prevent the transport of invasive organisms. The presentation traces

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April 2017

Student Program: “A Great Lakes Journey Through Time”

April 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$6

A Special Program for School Children: Experience the Story of the Great Lakes! A Great Lakes Journey Through Time with Brian “Fox” Ellis Join storyteller and author Brian “Fox” Ellis as he takes us back to the last Ice Age and the creation of the lakes. The stories of the Great Lakes allow us to travel through thousands of years of geological and human history. We will canoe through Native American and Early Explorer time periods eventually coming back home with

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Spring Lecture Series: “Canoe Song: A French Explorer’s Journal”

April 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Presentation by Brian "Fox" Ellis, author, historian and storyteller Travels and Travails of Marquette, Joliet, and LaSalle Pere Zenoble Membre was a friend of Pere Marquette who traveled through the Midwest with LaSalle, Hennepin and DeTonti. Through the journals of these intrepid explorers, Brian "Fox" Ellis portrays Zenoble, bringing to life the struggles and triumphs of their attempt to build an empire in the wilderness. Through original and traditional songs, poetry and folktales Fox allows listeners to experience first-hand the beauty

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Nautical Archaeology Workshop

April 29, 2017 - April 30, 2017
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$170

One of the cornerstones of of the shipwreck research program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes is its training program run in conjunction with the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team.  This training program has trained over 350 avocational archaeologists over the last 15 years.  The training is over three days: April 29-30 and either May 20 or 21.  You do not have to be a SCUBA diver to take the training. There are two levels of training: Basic and

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Members Only Pancake Breakfast

April 29, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Once again, we would like to thank you for all of your support as members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Come aboard for a pancake breakfast to celebrate the 2017 season opening of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker! There is no fee for the event, but donations are always appreciated. Seating is limited, so sign up early. This event is for members of NMGL only.  Your membership type tells you how many tickets you can reserve. Reservations

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May 2017

Members Only Exhibit Preview: David O. Hart, Great Lakes Artist

May 12, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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This spring, discover the Great Lakes’ newest master, David O. Hart. For years Dave Hart has been a tireless volunteer on the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Unbeknownst to many, he is also a prolific and talented artist. Dave recently revealed his work to his friends at the museum and we are proud to host his debut exhibition. You can own one of these original artworks! The works will be offered for sale ($150 to $250, unframed) as a

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Spring Lecture Series: “Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes”

May 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Presentation and book signing by Ann Michler Lewis, author Ann Lewis's childhood was marked by an unusual rhythm. Each year the thawing and freezing of the Great Lakes signaled the beginning and end of the shipping season, months of waiting that were punctuated by brief trips to various ports to meet her father, the captain. With lively storytelling and vivid details, Lewis captures the unusual life of shipping families whose days and weeks revolved around the shipping industry on the Great

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Working Songs on the Niagara: A Concert

May 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$7.50 – $35

Working Songs on the Niagara: A Concert, featuring the Boys of Bay City Join us on Saturday, May 20 at 6:30pm for a family friendly concert by the Boys of Bay City featuring historic 19th century sea shanties. Enjoy the music from the dock as the musicians perform these songs in their natural habitat, aboard the U.S. Brig Niagara! The Niagara will be open for touring following the concert, until 8:30pm. Ticket Prices: Adults: $10 for NMGL Members; $12.50 for Non-members Youth

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June 2017

Wreck-a-Palooza 2017

June 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$12 – $75

Wreck-a-palooza is a two day event covering shipwreck discoveries across the Great Lakes.  Come hear more about exciting discoveries that are found in the Great Lakes every year!  Each day will have two speakers and a box lunch.  These symposiums will take place on Saturdays, June 3 and October 7, 2017.  You have the option to register for one presentation, one day, or the entire symposium (4 talks over the 2 days) The National Museum of the Great Lakes is dedicated

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Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: The Lego® Challenge

June 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Join us for our third annual Lego® Challenge. Kids are invited to put their engineering skills to the test by building a boat, a lighthouse or a bridge out of Legos. We’ll provide the bricks – you provide the imagination and the skill. A photo will be taken of each finished design to be entered into our Facebook contest. Contestants are encouraged to have their family and friends visit the album and like their photo. The photo with the most

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Volunteer Landscaping Day

June 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Join us Monday, June 26th for our first Landscaping Day of the summer! Bring your gloves down to NMGL for some basic gardening and weed-pulling to help keep the museum grounds looking beautiful. Master Gardeners will be around to help with the evening's work. Gardening experience is not required. Shifts will run 4-6pm and 6-8pm. Send us an email at volunteer@inlandseas.org if you are interested in volunteering or call 419.214.5000 ext. 204. If landscaping isn't in your wheelhouse, we are always

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Col. James M. Schoonmaker: A Life Lived With Honor – Opening Night

June 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$20

Join the National Museum of the Great Lakes as we open a brand new temporary exhibit highlighting the extraordinary life of our museum ship's namesake.  This opening reception will take place on Col. Schoonmakers 175th birthday on June 30, 2017. This exhibit will go from his boyhood in Pittsburgh, to his meteoric rise to Colonel in the Union Army, to his development of successful businesses, and finally the trip aboard the Shenango that resulted in his namesake vessel.  Included will be

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July 2017

Fireworks at the National Museum of the Great Lakes

July 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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NMGL MEMBERS ONLY! Join us for the best view of Toledo's fireworks!  You can sit on the Col. James M. Schoonmaker or on the grounds of the maritime park.  You must be a member in good standing and will need to RSVP through Eventbrite - or by calling 419-214-5000 x 200. Bring your own chairs and a picnic and enjoy the evening with other members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. This is one of our most popular

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Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: Recycled Regatta

July 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Use recycled materials to design and construct a boat to compete in our rain gutter canals. Will your boat sink or sail? We will provide materials to construct the boats, but participants are welcome to bring recycled materials that they think might contribute to their vessel. Participants will be able to take their finished boat home with them. The Recycled Regatta is free with museum admission. We encourage advance registration. Please register for all children and adults planning to attend.

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August 2017

Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: Junior Engineers

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Can you solve our Great Lakes engineering challenges? Use K’NEX® to move a cargo or build a structure to span a distance. The history of the Great Lakes is full of innovators. Will you be one of them? Junior Engineers is free with museum admission. We encourage advance registration. Please register for all children and adults planning to attend. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For non-members admission will be paid upon arrival.  or call 419.214.5000 ext. 200 K'NEX®

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Teacher Open House

August 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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We would like to invite teachers to visit the museum to learn about field trip and outreach opportunities available with the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Come and explore our exhibits and our museum ship Col. James M. Schoonmaker. See how learning about the history of the Great Lakes can incorporate STEM education. Admission for teachers is always free! Can’t make the Open House? Contact Education Manager Ellen Kennedy at education@inlandseas.org or 419.214.5000 ext. 206 to set up a private

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First Responders Fest

August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free

Join us to learn about first responders from the region with stationary exhibits, demonstrations and kids activities. Representatives from local police, fire, rescue and other first responders will be on site to show and tell the details of their trade. First Responder Fest will take place in the Maritime Park outside of the museum and will be free to the general public. The day will start at 10 am with a ceremony to honor fallen first responders. 10 am - 3 pm Toledo PD Bomb

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Nautical Market

August 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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That National Museum of the Great Lakes will hold a Nautical Market on August 26, 2017 from 10 am - 3 pm at NMGL. Entrance to the market is free with museum admission or for members of NMGL. There will be multiple sellers with antiques, collectibles, photographs, postcards, books, original art, lithographic prints and much more. This is a great opportunity to expand your collection or find the perfect piece for your nautical themed decor!   Vendors: $30 for 8' table

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September 2017

Fall Lecture Series: The Great Lakes Exposition

September 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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"The Great Lakes Exposition" by Brad Schwartz, historian and author The Great Lakes Exposition was held in Cleveland during the summers of 1936 and 1937, drawing seven million visitors over its two-year run. The exposition was intended to observe the city’s centennial anniversary and to celebrate the Great Lakes Region. It was also hoped that it would help lift the city’s economy out of the Great Depression. This program is free with museum admission. Members are always free. Registration is

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October 2017

Wreck-A-Palooza

October 7, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$12 – $75

Wreck-a-palooza is a two day event covering shipwreck discoveries across the Great Lakes.  Come hear more about exciting discoveries that are found in the Great Lakes every year!  Each day will have two speakers and a box lunch.  These symposiums will take place on Saturdays, June 3 and October 7, 2017.  You have the option to register for one presentation, one day, or the entire symposium (4 talks over the 2 days) The National Museum of the Great Lakes is dedicated

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Fall Lecture Series: Marine Debris: A Great Lakes Issue Close to Home

October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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"Marine Debris: A Great Lakes Issue, Close to Home" by Kristina Patterson, Executive Director, Partners for Clean Streams Partners for Clean Streams is dedicated to the health of the streams and rivers of the Toledo region and the people who use them. PCS partners with community volunteers, leaders, and government agencies to protect and clean up our struggling waterways for generations to come. The lower Maumee River area is part of an Area of Concern established in 1987 by the International

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Boo on the Boat

October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

Bring your ghouls and goblins for Halloween fun aboard one of Toledo's most historic haunts, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Trick or treat in costume from the pilot house to the galley and everywhere in between. Museum Admission Required. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult. $8 - Children (6-17),  $10 - Seniors (65+), $11 - Adults (18-64), Children 5 and under FREE, NMGL Members FREE Admission onto the Schoonmaker is included FREE with museum admission on October

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November 2017

Fall Lecture Series: The Gales of November

November 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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"The Gales of November" by Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director, NMGL Due to unforeseen complications, Victoria Brehm, our planned speaker for this lecture will be unable to join us. Our Executive Director Christopher Gillcrist is stepping up to fill this void with a new program. “The Gales of November” will address different myths and perceptions of Great Lakes shipwrecks to determine what basis these ideas may have in actual data. Was November really the most dangerous month on the Great Lakes?

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December 2017

Christmas Tree Ship

December 2, 2017 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $45

Get your Christmas Tree from Toledo’s very own “Christmas Tree Ship.” On Saturday, December 2, freshly cut Christmas trees will arrive at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, brought by a Geo. Gradel Co. tugboat and escorted by Santa. Come down to the museum to participate in this Toledo tradition. Pre-purchase your tree and watch it come off the tug and into your hands. The trees will be approximately 5 to 7 feet tall. Each tree is $45 and includes

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Members and Friends Preview, “Kitty Smoke: The Exhibit”

December 7, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Join Us for a Members and Friends Preview of Kitty Smoke: The Exhibit   A long time supporter of our organization, Alexander Burns Cook produced the stunningly illustrated and delightfully told story of a Great Lakes tugboat, Kitty Smoke and her amazing comeback. The Adventures of Kitty Smoke and Her Friends is a new children's book brought to you exclusively by the National Museum of the Great Lakes, with all proceeds supporting the organization.   Beginning on December 8, 2017 through February 28, 2018 we will be exhibiting the

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January 2018

Movie Club

January 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$5 – $7

Join us for our new Movie Club! During these cold months of winter, we will be showing documentaries about the Great Lakes. Tickets include the movie, popcorn, and a soda. Our first offering for the Movie Club will be the NMGL produced "A Good Ship and Crew Well Seasoned: The Fitzgerald and Her Legacy". Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Movie Club tickets do not include museum admission, which can be purchased separately. You can also register

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February 2018

Movie Club

February 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$5 – $7

Join us for our new Movie Club! During these cold months of winter, we will be showing documentaries about the Great Lakes. Tickets include the movie, popcorn, and a soda. Our second offering for the Movie Club will be "Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan" - an interesting look at the training of thousands of navy pilots on the Great Lakes' own air craft carriers. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Movie Club tickets

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March 2018

Spring Lecture Series: “Loving a Sailor, Past and Present”

March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

"Loving a Sailor, Past and Present" by Michelle Schmidt The life of a sailor is hard. They experience long days, long nights and long stretches of time without seeing their loved ones. Schmidt will present a journey through time to view and understand the trials and tribulations of sailors and their wives. How distance, weather and unknown perils shape their lives and their love. How modern day sailors’ families have continued to survive, communicate and thrive in this modern world.

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April 2018

Spring Lecture Series: “Johnson’s Island Prison Uncovered”

April 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

Johnson’s Island Prison Uncovered: An Archaeological Exploration of a Northern Civil War Prison in Lake Erie by Dr. David Bush, Chair, Friends and Descendants of Johnson's Island Civil War Prison Historical and archaeological evidence from the Johnson's Island Civil War Military Prison (Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie, Ohio) allows examination of the choices that POWs had during the American Civil War. Over 10,000 Confederate Officers were imprisoned at Johnson’s Island throughout the war. Newly confined Confederate officers had to cope with thoughts

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Nautical Archaeology Workshop 2018

April 28, 2018 - April 29, 2018
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
$170

One of the cornerstones of of the shipwreck research program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes is its training program run in conjunction with the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team.  This training program has trained over 350 avocational archaeologists over the last 15 years.  The training is over three days: April 28-29 and either May 19 or 20.  You do not have to be a SCUBA diver to take the training. There are two levels of training: Basic and

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Members Only Pancake Breakfast

April 28, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Once again, we would like to thank you for all of your support as members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Come aboard for a pancake breakfast to celebrate the 2018 season opening of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker! There is no fee for the event, but donations are always appreciated. Reservations are available each half hour, with the last seating at 11am. Seating is limited, so sign up early. This year, attendees will also get the first chance to

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May 2018

Spring Lecture Series: “Steam Comes to the Great Lakes”

May 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

Steam Comes to the Great Lakes by Walter Lewis, Great Lakes Historian 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of steam on the upper Great Lakes (and the 201st anniversary for the Lakes as a whole). This presentation will explore the early story of steam around the Lakes and the particular challenges of bringing new technology to the edge of pioneer settlement and beyond. The story is populated by gentlemen and scoundrels, celebrations, breakdowns, shipwrecks and near misses and illustrated by a wide

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June 2018

CANCELLED – Fish Fry

June 2, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$11 – $20

**We regret to inform you that due to the lower than expected attendance, the Maritime Academy of Toledo and the National Museum of the Great Lakes have decided to cancel our joint Fish Fry fundraiser for this Saturday. If you purchased tickets, you will receive a refund through Eventbrite. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.  

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Father’s Day Weekend

June 16, 2018 - June 17, 2018
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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To celebrate Father's Day, we are offering FREE admission for dads during Father's Day Weekend, June 16 & 17, when accompanied by a paying family member. Thanks to the generosity of the author, Ann Michler Lewis, we will also be giving away 10 signed copies of Ship Captain's Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes to the first 10 fathers who visit on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17. On Saturday, June 16, we are open from 10am to 5pm. On

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Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: The Lego® Challenge 2018

June 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Join us for our fourth annual Lego® Challenge. Kids are invited to put their engineering skills to the test by building a boat, a lighthouse or a bridge out of Legos. We’ll provide the bricks – you provide the imagination and the skill. A photo will be taken of each finished design to be entered into our Facebook contest. Contestants are encouraged to have their family and friends visit the album and like their photo. The photo with the most

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July 2018

Closed to the Public for the Fourth of July

July 4, 2018
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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We will be closed during the day on July 4, 2018. Our Members Only Fireworks Viewing Party begins at 6pm and is open to members in good standing who pre-register.  

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Members Only Fireworks Viewing Party 2018

July 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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NMGL MEMBERS ONLY! Join us for the best view of Toledo's fireworks!  You can sit on the Col. James M. Schoonmaker or on the grounds of the maritime park.  You must be a member in good standing and will need to RSVP through Eventbrite - or by calling 419-214-5000 x 200. Bring your own chairs and a picnic and enjoy the evening with other members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. This is one of our most popular

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Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: Recycled Regatta 2018

July 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Use recycled materials to design and construct a boat to compete in our rain gutter canals. Will your boat sink or sail? We will provide materials to construct the boats, but participants are welcome to bring recycled materials that they think might contribute to their vessel. Participants will be able to take their finished boat home with them. The Recycled Regatta is free with museum admission. We encourage advance registration. Please register for all children and adults planning to attend.

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Meet the Author: Capsized!

July 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Meet the Author - Capsized!: The Forgotten Story of the SS Eastland Disaster Patricia Sutton will present her new non-fiction history book for school age children. Following the program, copies will be available for sale for the author to sign. This program is FREE with museum admission. Members are free. Registration is encouraged. Please register for all children and adults planning to attend. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For non-members admission will be paid upon arrival. About Capsized!:

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USS Toledo Crew Reception

July 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Meet the Crew of the USS Toledo Join museum members and friends at a reception for members of the crew of the USS Toledo, the Los Angeles Class Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine. The submarine will not be joining us, but you will get a chance to meet some of the crew and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. Or call 419.214.5000 ext. 200.    

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August 2018

Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: Mega Machines 2018

August 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Huletts, Hoists and Cranes, oh my! Use K’NEX® to design a machine that can move a cargo or build a structure to span a distance. The history of the Great Lakes is full of innovators. Will you be one of them? Mega Machines is free with museum admission. We encourage advance registration. Please register for all children and adults planning to attend. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For non-members admission will be paid upon arrival. or call 419.214.5000

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Teacher Open House 2018

August 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Come and explore our exhibits and our museum ship Col. James M. Schoonmaker. See how learning about the history of the Great Lakes can incorporate STEM education. Admission for teachers is always FREE. Registration is encouraged.

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September 2018

Association for Great Lakes Maritime History Annual Meeting – 2018

September 6, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - September 8, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$5 – $145

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is pleased to host the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.   Museum professionals and historians from around the Great Lakes will gather in Toledo September 6 - 8, 2018.  There are a number of different events over the course of the meeting, and all events are open to the public.  Below is a schedule of events with a link to tickets at the bottom. Friday, September 7 9:00

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Fall Lecture Series: “Inside the Archives”

September 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Inside the Archives: Highlights from the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes by Mark Sprang, Archivist, Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green State University Archivist Mark Sprang will take you on a journey through the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green State University, one of the most significant collections of Great Lakes archival materials. He will highlight some of the most interesting and engaging items from the collection and show what it takes to preserve

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Museum on the Move: Evening Sail Aboard the Appledore

September 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$50 – $55

DUE TO A LOGISTICAL ISSUE, THE APPLEDORE HAS RESCHEDULED OUR TRIP FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 AT 5:30PM. Experience the history and scenery of the Maumee River and Maumee Bay aboard the schooner Appledore IV. We will begin at the museum and travel down the Maumee River towards Lake Erie, allowing us to spend some time under sail before returning to the museum. The sail will take approximately 3 hours. A boxed meal will be provided. Tickets are $50 for members and $55

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October 2018

Fall Lecture Series: “Yachting on the Great Lakes with the Royal Artillery”

October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Yachting on the Great Lakes with the Royal Artillery, 1863 by Marc Seguin, historian and author It was in August, 1863, when three British Army officers, members of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, sailed around Lake Ontario with stops at Sackets Harbor, Oswego, Sodus Point and Rochester. They had been sent to Canada the year before, along with 12,000 other British soldiers, at a time when Britain was on the brink of war with the United States. War was eventually averted,

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Boo on the Boat

October 20, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

Bring your ghouls and goblins for Halloween fun aboard one of Toledo's most historic haunts, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Trick or treat in costume from the pilot house to the galley and everywhere in between. Museum Admission Required. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult. $8 - Children (6-17),  $10 - Seniors (65+), $11 - Adults (18-64), Children 5 and under FREE, NMGL Members FREE Admission onto the Schoonmaker is included FREE with museum admission on October

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Fall Lecture Series: “Collecting, Sorting, Whittling Down”

October 24, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Collecting, Sorting, Whittling Down: Researching and Writing Nonfiction Children’s Books by Aimée Bissonette, author of Miss Colfax’s Light Nonfiction writers love researching, it’s true. And good researching skills are essential – even when writing something as “simple” as a picture book. Kids are discerning readers. They crave information. Teachers need good nonfiction books for their classrooms, too. Where real people and real events are involved, there is no room for error. Join author Aimée Bissonette for an interactive discussion about researching and

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November 2018

Wreck-A-Palooza 2018

November 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$12 – $70

Join us for a day of shipwreck discovery and research! Wreck-A-Palooza is NMGL's annual shipwreck program and in 2018, we have consolidated it into one day!  Join us to learn about our Great Lakes and Ohio history through the loss of four extraordinary vessels.  You can sign up for one presentation, a half day, or the entire day (with lunch included!) 10:00 am - Carrie Sowden:  "Lake Serpent" In the summer of 2018, the National Museum of the Great Lakes

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The Tug Ohio: Before and After Experience

November 30, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $15

From Working Tug to Museum Ship. Come Along for the Journey. The National Museum of the Great Lakes welcomes its newest addition, the Tug Ohio, generously donated by Great Lakes Towing Company. The transformation of the Tug Ohio from a working tug to a museum ship will take a lot of work and a lot of money. We are inviting our members and friends to see the tug prior to restoration. They will learn about its history and get a

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December 2018

The Tug Ohio: Before and After Experience

December 1, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $15

From Working Tug to Museum Ship. Come Along for the Journey. The National Museum of the Great Lakes welcomes its newest addition, the Tug Ohio, generously donated by Great Lakes Towing Company. The transformation of the Tug Ohio from a working tug to a museum ship will take a lot of work and a lot of money. We are inviting our members and friends to see the tug prior to restoration. They will learn about its history and get a

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Christmas Tree Ship 2018

December 1, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Get your Christmas tree from Toledo’s very own “Christmas Tree Ship.” On Saturday, December 1, freshly cut Christmas trees will arrive at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, brought by a Geo. Gradel Co. tugboat and escorted by Santa. Come down to the museum to participate in this Toledo tradition. Pre-purchase your tree and watch it come off the tug and into your hands. The trees will be approximately 5 to 7 feet tall. Each tree is $45 and includes

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The Tug Ohio: Before and After Experience

December 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $15

From Working Tug to Museum Ship. Come Along for the Journey. The National Museum of the Great Lakes welcomes its newest addition, the Tug Ohio, generously donated by Great Lakes Towing Company. The transformation of the Tug Ohio from a working tug to a museum ship will take a lot of work and a lot of money. We are inviting our members and friends to see the tug prior to restoration. They will learn about its history and get a

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April 2019

Volunteer Open House

April 6, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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There are so many ways that you can support our organization and our mission of preserving Great Lakes history. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at the museum and we would love to tell you all about them. Join us for an informational meeting (and some light refreshments) to learn more about ways you can help support us. We are looking for tour guides, field trip facilitators, museum exhibit attendants, greeters, landscapers, weed pullers, deck swabbers, brass polishers, cobweb

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Spring Lecture Series: “The Making of a Museum Tug: The History of Great Lakes Towing”

April 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Making of a Museum Tug: The History of the Great Lakes Towing Company by Paul LaMarre, III, Chair of the Vessel Committee at National Museum of the Great Lakes. Paul LaMarre will introduce you to the vast history of the Great Lakes Towing Company, and their work all across the Great Lakes since incorporating in 1899.  It was the kind donation of Great Lakes Towing and their parent group, The Great Lakes Group, which has brought the Tug Ohio to the museum. Lectures

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Nautical Archaeology Workshop 2019

April 13, 2019 - April 14, 2019
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
$175

One of the cornerstones of of the shipwreck research program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes is its training program run in conjunction with the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team.  This training program has trained over 350 avocational archaeologists over the last 15 years.  The training is over three days: April 13-14 and either May 18 or 19.  You do not have to be a SCUBA diver to take the training. There are two levels of training: Basic and

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Members Only Pancake Breakfast 2019

April 27, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Once again, we would like to thank you for all of your support as members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. Come aboard for a pancake breakfast to celebrate the 2019 season opening of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Breakfast is prepared in the galley and served in the crew’s mess and officer’s dining room. There is no fee for the event, but donations are always appreciated. Reservations are available each half hour, with the last seating at 11am. Seating is

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Volunteer Spring Clean-up

April 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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On April 27th-28th the museum is hosting a Spring Park Clean-up weekend. We are partnering with the Disney Points of Light program to promote family involvement within our community. The museum grounds are in need of some attention. Whether you can plant flowers, spread mulch or pick up trash, we have jobs for all ages. Bring the whole family! Come out and volunteer two hours of your time and be entered into a raffle to win Disney Hopper Passes. The

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Volunteer Spring Clean-up

April 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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On April 27th-28th the museum is hosting a Spring Park Clean-up weekend. We are partnering with the Disney Points of Light program to promote family involvement within our community. The museum grounds are in need of some attention. Whether you can plant flowers, spread mulch or pick up trash, we have jobs for all ages. Bring the whole family! Come out and volunteer two hours of your time and be entered into a raffle to win Disney Hopper Passes. The

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May 2019

Spring Lecture Series: “Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario: A Journey of Discovery”

May 1, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario: A Journey of Discovery by Jim Kennard, Author and Shipwreck Finder. Join Jim Kennard as we celebrate the launch of his book Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario: A Journey of Discovery.  Jim will take you through a few thrilling tales from his new book, published by National Museum of the Great Lakes.  His more than 30 year career of researching and discovering shipwrecks has led to many exciting finds. Lectures are included in the cost of museum admission. MEMBERS ARE

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Spring Lecture Series: “Using Drones to Answer Questions in Environmental Science”

May 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Using Drones to Answer Questions in Environmental Science by Dr. Richard Becker, University of Toledo Join us on this special THURSDAY edition of the Annual Lecture Series as we partner with the University of Toledo and the Lake Erie Center.  Dr. Becker will discuss his use of drones to monitor the health of Lake Erie. This lecture is free to all. Registration Required. Sign up online or call 419.214.5000 ext. 200.

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June 2019

Museum Ships on the Air 2019

June 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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The Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship will be hosting the Toledo Mobile Radio Association as they take part in Museum Ships Weekend 2019. Museum Ships Weekend (MSW) is an international event hosted by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Club in Camden, NJ. Individual ham radio operators test their operating skills by calling participating museum ships on which ham radio clubs have set up stations. This year, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker is one of the 81 vessels participating!

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Museum Ships on the Air 2019

June 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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The Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship will be hosting the Toledo Mobile Radio Association as they take part in Museum Ships Weekend 2019. Museum Ships Weekend (MSW) is an international event hosted by the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Club in Camden, NJ. Individual ham radio operators test their operating skills by calling participating museum ships on which ham radio clubs have set up stations. This year, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker is one of the 81 vessels participating!

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“The Making of a Museum Tug: The History of Great Lakes Towing”

June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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This program is by invitation only to those that register early for our "Museum Tug Ohio Dedication and New Tug Ohio Christening Ceremony" Making of a Museum Tug: The History of the Great Lakes Towing Company by Paul LaMarre, III, Chair of the Vessel Committee at National Museum of the Great Lakes. Paul LaMarre will introduce you to the vast history of the Great Lakes Towing Company, and their work all across the Great Lakes since incorporating in 1899.  It was

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NMGL CLOSED

June 21, 2019
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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The National Museum of the Great Lakes will be closed all day on Friday, June 21, 2019 for an event.  Only participants in the tug Ohio christening will be given admittance to the museum and grounds on this day. If you wish to be a part of our Tug Ohio Christening you will need to purchase tickets via Eventbrite.

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Museum Tug OHIO Dedication and New Tug OHIO Christening

June 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$20 – $25

Be a part of history in the making. On June 21, 2019 we will have a unique dual ceremony, dedicating the Museum Tug Ohio and christening The Great Lakes Towing Company’s new Damen 1907 Ice Tug Ohio. The Museum Tug Ohio will be available to tour following the event. General admission tickets are $20 for NMGL members and $25 for non-members. Bleacher seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The museum will be otherwise closed to the public for the day. **We reserve the right

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Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: The Lego® Challenge 2019

June 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Join us for our fifth annual Lego® Challenge. Kids are invited to put their engineering skills to the test by building a boat, a lighthouse or a bridge out of Legos. We’ll provide the bricks – you provide the imagination and the skill. A photo will be taken of each finished design to be entered into our Facebook contest. Contestants are encouraged to have their family and friends visit the album and like their photo. The photo with the most

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July 2019

Members Only Fireworks Viewing Party 2019

July 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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NMGL MEMBERS ONLY! Join us for the best view of Toledo's fireworks!  You can sit on the Col. James M. Schoonmaker or on the grounds of the maritime park.  You must be a member in good standing and will need to RSVP through Eventbrite - or by calling 419-214-5000 x 200. Bring your own chairs and a picnic and enjoy the evening with other members of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. This is one of our most popular

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Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: Recycled Regatta 2019

July 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Use recycled materials to design and construct a boat to compete in our rain gutter canals. Will your boat sink or sail? We will provide materials to construct the boats, but participants are welcome to bring recycled materials that they think might contribute to their vessel. Participants will be able to take their finished boat home with them. The Recycled Regatta is free with museum admission. We encourage advance registration. Please register for all children and adults planning to attend.

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August 2019

Capt. Scupper’s Kids Club: Mega Machines 2019

August 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Huletts, Hoists and Cranes, oh my! Use K’NEX® to design a machine that can move a cargo or build a structure to span a distance. The history of the Great Lakes is full of innovators. Will you be one of them? Mega Machines is free with museum admission. We encourage advance registration. Please register for all children and adults planning to attend. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For non-members admission will be paid upon arrival. or call 419.214.5000

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Museum on the Move: Celestial Sail on the Appledore

August 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$75 – $80

Get your tall ship fix this summer, without ever leaving Toledo. The National Museum of the Great Lakes is thrilled to welcome BaySail and the tall ship Appledore IV to Toledo for a special series of programs on the Maumee River this August. Celestial Sail: The night sky will come alive during our night sail on the Maumee River with Dr. Michael Cushing, Director of the Ritter Planetarium at the University of Toledo. Enjoy the sunset and the rise of the full moon.

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Museum on the Move: Family Ecology Sail on the Appledore

August 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$30 – $45

Get your tall ship fix this summer, without ever leaving Toledo. The National Museum of the Great Lakes is thrilled to welcome BaySail and the tall ship Appledore IV to Toledo for a special series of programs on the Maumee River this August. Family Ecology Sail: Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles! Are you and your kids interested in learning more about the ecosystems in which we all live, work and play? Do you know which watershed you live in? Have you

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Museum on the Move: Sunset Sail on the Appledore

August 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$55 – $60

Get your tall ship fix this summer, without ever leaving Toledo. The National Museum of the Great Lakes is thrilled to welcome BaySail and the tall ship Appledore IV to Toledo for a special series of programs on the Maumee River this August. Sunset Sail: Join us for an unforgettable evening of sailing on the Maumee River. Enjoy the sails, the sunset and the sights. The Important Details: Children under 6 years old are required, by law, to wear a lifejacket at all

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Museum on the Move: Family Ecology Sail on the Appledore

August 18, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$30 – $45

Get your tall ship fix this summer, without ever leaving Toledo. The National Museum of the Great Lakes is thrilled to welcome BaySail and the tall ship Appledore IV to Toledo for a special series of programs on the Maumee River this August. Family Ecology Sail: Calling all parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles! Are you and your kids interested in learning more about the ecosystems in which we all live, work and play? Do you know which watershed you live in? Have you

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Museum on the Move: Sunset Sail on the Appledore

August 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$55 – $60

Get your tall ship fix this summer, without ever leaving Toledo. The National Museum of the Great Lakes is thrilled to welcome BaySail and the tall ship Appledore IV to Toledo for a special series of programs on the Maumee River this August. Sunset Sail: Join us for an unforgettable evening of sailing on the Maumee River. Enjoy the sails, the sunset and the sights. The Important Details: Children under 6 years old are required, by law, to wear a lifejacket at all

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October 2019

Educational Resource Fair

October 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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FREE

Learn about Toledo-area educational resources from 12+ community organizations. Meet with the programming staff of northwest Ohio's best informal education institutions as well as learn about hidden gems to energize classroom instruction. Get access to classroom resources, sign up for field trips, learn about partnership opportunities and more at this free event! Open to all Educators and Non-profit Program Staff! That includes administrators, homeschooling educators, after school program coordinators and pre-service teachers. Each attendee will receive FREE ADMISSION to the National Museum of

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Boo on the Boat

October 26, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Bring your ghouls and goblins for Halloween fun aboard one of Toledo's most historic haunts, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Trick or treat in costume from the pilot house to the galley and everywhere in between. Museum Admission Required. All children must be accompanied by a paid adult. $8 - Children (6-17),  $10 - Seniors (65+), $11 - Adults (18-64), Children 5 and under FREE, NMGL Members FREE Admission onto the Schoonmaker is included FREE with museum admission on

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Fall Lecture Series: “The Wolf Finally Came, Again: Weathering the Great Recession on the Great Lakes”

October 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

The Wolf Finally Came, Again: Weathering the Great Recession on the Great Lakes by Chris Winters, Photographer and Historian. Join photographer and historian Chris Winters as he discusses how the Great Lakes shipping industry was impacted by the 2008 Great Recession. Together, we’ll discuss topics such as the planned conversion of the John Sherwin (whose propeller sits in front of NMGL) and the unexpected last passage of the Edward L. Ryerson (which Winters was lucky enough to be aboard during

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November 2019

The Fitzgerald Experience

November 9, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$20 – $25

In honor of the 44th Anniversary of the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975 we are offering a weekend of special programming. The Fitzgerald Experience begins with a guided tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, using our lake freighter and its similarities to the Edmund Fitzgerald to discuss the events of November 10, 1975, theories about the sinking and stories about the 29 crew members who were lost. This tour is approximately 75 minutes long. Following the guided tour, we will

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The Fitzgerald Experience

November 10, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$20 – $25

In honor of the 44th Anniversary of the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975 we are offering a weekend of special programming. The Fitzgerald Experience begins with a guided tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, using our lake freighter and its similarities to the Edmund Fitzgerald to discuss the events of November 10, 1975, theories about the sinking and stories about the 29 crew members who were lost. This tour is approximately 75 minutes long. Following the guided tour, we will

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Fall Lecture Series: “Six Decades of Know Your Ships”

November 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

Six Decades of "Know Your Ships" by Roger LeLievre, editor and publisher. "Know Your Ships" editor and publisher Roger LeLievre will join us to discuss the 60-year history of the popular annual vessel field guide up to the recent release of the new hardcover book "Know Your Ships: Decades" (an editors' choice highlighting the guide’s many outstanding images since its founding in 1959). Books will be available for sale and signing at the gift shop. Lectures are included in the

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December 2019

Christmas Tree Ship 2019

December 7, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Join us in welcoming the arrival of Santa Claus and a tugboat full of Christmas Trees! Spectators can watch Santa and his boatload of trees dock behind the museum around noon, pick-up pre-ordered trees and enjoy visiting the museum while munching on holiday snacks with Santa. Museum Admission is FREE between 10-1 a.m. that day. GET A TREE / GIVE A TREE: Get your Christmas Tree from Toledo’s very own “Christmas Tree Ship” OR donate a tree to a family

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Fall Lecture Series: “When It’s More than a Vacation, Henry Gorrill’s Trip to the North Shore, 1868”

December 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

When It's More than a Vacation, Henry Gorrill's Trip to the North Shore, 1868 by Dr. Bruce Way, historian, University of Toledo Experience the travels and travails of a young Toledo lawyer through his reporting to the Toledo Commercial in 1868. Follow Henry Gorrill on his journey aboard the steamer Keweenaw from Detroit, MI to Superior, WI and learn about his experiences on Isle Royale where he met up with the University of Michigan Scientific Expedition of 1868. Lectures are included in the cost of museum

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January 2020

Movie Club: Ric Mixter Double Feature

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$5 – $7

Join us for Movie Club! During these cold months of winter, we will be showing Great Lakes and maritime films. Tickets include the movie, popcorn and a soft drink. The Ric Mixter Double Feature consists of two 30 minute cuts of two Great Lakes documentaries: Cutter Rescues and Safe Ashore! Total run time is 1 hour. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Movie Club tickets do not include museum admission, which can be purchased separately. Cutter Rescues - Cutter Rescues chronicles

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February 2020

Movie Club: Throwback Edition

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$5 – $7

Join us for Movie Club! During these cold months of winter, we will be showing Great Lakes and maritime films. Tickets include the movie, popcorn and a soft drink. The Throwback Edition is a screening of the 1928 classic silent film Steamboat Bill, Jr. starring Buster Keaton as the bumbling son of a riverboat captain who attempts to join the crew of his estranged father. Hijinks ensue. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Movie Club tickets do not include

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March 2020

POSTPONED: Spring Lecture Series: “Heroic Age of Diving”

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
Free – $11

UPDATE: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and after careful consideration and the recent urging of Governor DeWine to cancel public gatherings and events, we have decided to postpone this program to a later date. Please watch for email communication with information regarding the new date. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call us at 419-214-5000 or email us at info@nmgl.org. ________ Heroic Age of Diving by Jerry Kuntz During the 1840s and 1850s, during the infancy

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April 2020

POSTPONED: Spring Lecture Series: “Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service”

April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Free – $11

UPDATE: Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and after careful consideration and the recent urging of Governor DeWine to cancel public gatherings and events, we have decided to postpone this program to a later date. Please watch for email communication with information regarding the new date. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call us at 419-214-5000 or email us at info@nmgl.org. More than 50 women defied the gender expectations of their time to serve the sailing

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CANCELLED – Nautical Archaeology Workshop 2020

April 25 - April 26
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
$175

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, for the health and safety of all involved, this workshop and annual dinner has been cancelled for 2020.  We will reschedule in April 2021 and look forward to seeing you then. One of the cornerstones of of the shipwreck research program at the National Museum of the Great Lakes is its training program run in conjunction with the Maritime Archaeology Survey Team.  This training program has trained over 350 avocational archaeologists over the last 15

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POSTPONED: History Happy Hour: The Women Who Made the Great Lakes

April 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$25 – $30

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are indefinitely postponing our History Happy Hour that was scheduled for April 30. We still plan to have this event at some point in the future, but we want to wait until it is appropriate to set a new date. If you had tickets and would like a refund, you can request one through Eventbrite or by emailing education@nmgl.org; this request must be made by April 29. However, please consider leaving your

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May 2020

Together We Give | May 5, 2020

May 5
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Now, more than ever, we are called upon to make a difference. On Tuesday, May 5, the Great Lakes Historical Society and its National Museum of the Great Lakes will be participating in #GivingTuesdayNow—a global day of giving and unity set up as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. ~ At a time when we are all experiencing this pandemic, generosity is what brings people together and gives us the power to drive positive change. Although

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October 2020

Boo on the Boat

October 24 - October 31
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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Bring your ghouls and goblins for Halloween fun aboard two of Toledo’s most historic haunts, the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and the Museum Tug Ohio. Trick or treat in costume from the pilot houses to the galleys and everywhere in between.  This year we are extending Boo on the Boat for an entire week to allow for physical distancing. Candy at each station will be provided in pre-portioned, sealed bags.** Admission Required. All children must be accompanied by

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November 2020

The Fitzgerald Event

November 7 @ 10:00 am - November 8 @ 5:00 pm
National Museum of the Great Lakes, 1701 Front Street
Toledo, OH 43605 United States
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$150

In honor of the 45th Anniversary of the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on November 10, 1975 we are offering a weekend of special tours. The Fitzgerald Experience is a guided tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, using our lake freighter and its similarities to the Edmund Fitzgerald to discuss the events of November 10, 1975, theories about the sinking, and stories about the 29 crew members who were lost. This tour is approximately 75 minutes

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