History at Home: Great Lakes Museum offering virtual tours, historical content

Press Staff Writer

        With Ohio’s Stay at Home Order in place many people are relying on the internet for information and entertainment.
        In response, the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) has substantially increased its virtual education initiatives to better support its members and Great Lakes history enthusiasts.
        Online visitors will find a continuously updated online exhibit, two new video series, blog posts, and virtual museum tours.
        In late March, the museum launched two new virtual initiatives featuring its home city of Toledo – “The Toledo Trail” video series and “The Port of Toledo: Then & Now” online exhibit, which showcases an interactive map with historic port stories and images.
        Additionally, NMGL released “Inland Seas Online,” which features Great Lakes stories from back issues of the museum’s award-winning “Inland Seas Journal,” and “Museum Moments,” a second video series highlighting museum artifacts.
        “The impact of COVID-19 on cultural entities and the steps we must take in the face of a global pandemic such as this is unprecedented,” said Chris Gillcrist, who has been the museum’s executive director for more than 20 years. “We are so fortunate to have a strong team of individuals working tirelessly to ensure we continue spreading our mission in new ways to support those looking for history-based, home-learning opportunities.”
        All content is free and mission-focused to preserve and present the history of the Great Lakes. In the weeks to come, the museum plans to add additional material with an emphasis on expanding youth learning initiatives including interactive “spin tours,” STEAM curriculum guides for at-home schooling, and more.
        For virtual museum content, visit nmgl.org/virtual-content/.
        To view Inland Seas Online, visit nmgl.org/inland-seas-online/.
        To view “Port of Toledo: Then and Now,” visit nmgl.org/portoftoledo.
        The Toledo Trail/Museum Moments Series is available at facebook.com/NMGLToledo/videos and on YouTube by visiting National Museum of the Great Lakes.
        For a Virtual Museum Tour, visit https://nmgl.org/museum-interactive-tour/.


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