History

Updated: August 27, 2021

Collaborative Exhibit/Daylong Exploration Offered

The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) and The Sandpiper passenger tour boat are collaborating to provide more opportunities to explore Great Lakes history both by land and water with a new “Ship & Shore package” and an onboard Port of Toledo: Then & Now exhibit.

On Saturday, August 28 and Saturday, September 11, the museum and passenger boat are teaming up to offer two days featuring an “Ultimate Great Lakes History Day” – a special combination ticket including full access to the National Museum of the Great Lakes and a trip along the Maumee River aboard The Sandpiper. In addition, the museum is installing a Port of Toledo online exhibit onboard The Sandpiper, which uses QR codes to help cruisers visually compare and learn the history behind various spots along the river’s banks.

In addition, the NMGL has developed an ongoing way to interact with Great Lakes history along the Maumee River with a soon-to-be installed exhibit map on The Sandpiper. The magnetized map uses QR codes to guide cruise guests through a historical exploration of various Port of Toledo images they may pass while on their tour.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at nmgl.org or by calling (419) 214-5000. For additional information, visit nmgl.org/event/shipshore.

Museum Offers Behind-The-Scenes Building Tours

The Wood County Museum will host guided, behind-the-scenes tours on Wednesday, September 1, starting at 6:00 p.m. Tours will take place every 30 minutes and last about an hour. They will be led by museum staff members Holly Kirkendall and Kelli Kling. Guests will get to explore the museum outbuildings that are not typically open to the public, including the hog barn, log cabin, chicken coop and various other buildings.

This will be a rain-or-shine event. Please dress for the weather and for walking around outdoors on the museum grounds.

Each tour group will be limited to 15 people to allow for social distancing. Due to county COVID-19 restrictions, masks are required inside the museum buildings at all times.

Tickets are $10.00 for members and $15.00 for nonmembers. Tours must be reserved ahead of time by calling (419) 352-0967 or stopping into the museum to purchase a ticket.

The museum’s normal hours for self-guided tours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and weekends from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

All events are detailed at woodcountyhistory.org and the Wood County Museum’s accounts on social media. The museum is located at 13660 County Home Rd. in Bowling Green.

Exhibit Features Toledoan Jim Hoffman’s Work

The National Museum of the Great Lakes’ first in-house, temporary exhibit since the onset of the pandemic, titled Jim Hoffman: The Photographic Life of Toledo’s Original Boatnerd, will be offered through Monday, September 6.

The exhibit features the work of Toledoan Jim Hoffman, who passed away on November 7, 2020. Considered a legend among fellow boatnerds, Jim’s photographs are instantly recognizable by most Great Lakes shipping photographers.

Installed in remembrance of his legacy and love for Great Lakes vessels, the exhibit will give guests the opportunity to walk alongside his life’s passion and live his photographic memories. It will be available for viewing through Labor Day. Admission is free for members and included with museum admission for nonmembers. Visitors will also receive a complimentary print from his photographic collection.

The museum is located at 1701 Front St., Toledo. For more information, visit www.nmgl.org.

Derby Gala Fundraiser Set At Wood County Museum

The Wood County Museum’s 2021 Gala Fundraiser Night at the Derby will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event will be offered as both an in-person and virtual event with the virtual silent auction running October 1-9.

Tickets are $55.00 for members and $65.00 for nonmembers and include hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and derby-themed fun. Prizes will be awarded for best-dressed and best hat. Proceeds will benefit the Wood County Historical Society. The silent auction link is www.32auctions.com/wcmgala2021.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are still available. Visit woodcountyhistory.org for more information.

Waterville Images Featured In Book On Area

The Waterville Historical Society has received another shipment of the book Images of America Waterville, written by Phyllis Witzler and John and Verna Rose, which has early pictures of Waterville. The book may be acquired with a $20.00 donation at the Waterville Hardware, 28 N. Third St., or at the Wakeman Archives at 401 Farnsworth Rd.

The Wakeman Archives is now open to the public every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on the last Saturday of the month in June, July and August.

Walking Tour Provides Fresh View Of Fort Meigs

Northwest Ohio is dotted with fascinating and historic spaces; some immense and famous, some hidden in plain sight.

Towering on the banks of the Maumee River in Perrysburg, Fort Meigs is one of the most extensive wooden-walled fortifications in North America – it exemplifies the big and celebrated with its unique size, design and history. Now, visitors can take a self-guided GPS audio tour and discover Fort Meigs in a new and exciting way: through the eyes of the soldiers who fought there over 200 years ago. As they are guided on a walk that explores the entire fort, tour users will be fascinated by listening to breathtaking stories told by voice actors reading from historical journals. They’ll learn how the fort was built, how it was defended and how the men lived and died there during the War of 1812.

The smartphone tour is guided by Tedd Long, a local history author, storyteller and curator of www.HolyToledoHistory.com.

The 90-minute walking tour covers 17 stops inside the 10-acre fort. The smartphone tour is available for $11.99 at the Fort Meigs museum store, or it can be purchased online at www.holytoledohistory.com/tours. The tour’s immersive audio narration plays automatically at precisely the right time and place using the user’s smartphone GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.

I Hear Tell Too Available For Purchase

The Whitehouse Historical Society recently published a second volume of village stories, titled I Hear Tell Too.

Books are available at the Whitehouse village office and at Whitehouse Motors on Providence Street in Whitehouse.

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