History

Updated: April 25, 2022

Great Lakes Museum Seeks Seasonal Volunteers

The National Museum of the Great Lakes will reopen the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and Museum Tug Ohio to the public beginning Sunday, May 1 and are seeking individuals interested in volunteering. In addition, the museum’s open hours will increase from 6 to 7 days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.

The museum ships close annually over the winter months and reopen for public tours between May 1 and October 31. Visitors can climb onboard the 617-foot cargo ship and historic tug to experience what life was like on the lakes in the early 1900s while also visiting the museum galleries. The inside of the museum features awe-inspiring stories of our Great Lakes through breathtaking photography, over 300 incredible artifacts, a number of powerful audiovisual displays and 40 hands-on interactive exhibits.

To learn more about volunteering or to sign-up to volunteer visit nmgl.org/volunteer. To pre-purchase tickets for a museum visit, go to nmglstore.org.

Book Features Historical Images Of Waterville

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 includes early pictures of Waterville. The book may be acquired with a $20.00 donation at Waterville Hardware, 28 N. Third St., or at the Wakeman Archives at 401 Farnsworth Rd.

The Wakeman Archives are now open to the public every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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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