Lecture series to kick off with “Port of Toledo: Then & Now”

Press Staff Writer

        On Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. the National Museum of the Great Lakes will begin its annual spring lecture series with a roundtable discussion highlighting the “Port of Toledo: Then & Now.”
        The virtual event, to be presented via Zoom, is meant to be a capstone to a multi-part, yearlong exhibit highlighting the history and present-day images and stories of life on the Maumee River.
        “This exhibit is filled with firsts, including our first online exhibit and our first community temporary exhibit at ProMedica Steam Plant headquarters’ History Walk Gallery,” said Carrie Sowden, who helped lead the exhibit’s curation and is the National Museum of the Great Lakes’ Archaeological Director. “Little did we know our timing would coincide with a health pandemic, making the virtual components of the exhibit even more relevant.”
        The virtual lecture will specifically highlight three topics and feature six Toledo-area experts and historians including:
        • Former Eastern Michigan Director of Historic Preservation Ted Ligibel and Metroparks of Toledo representative Shannon Hughes discussing recreation on the Maumee River.
        • East Toledo historian Larry Michaels and Lucas County Port Authority Vice President Joe Cappel discussing Maumee River shipbuilding and cargo.
        • Local history author and holytoledohistory.com curator Tedd Long and President of the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse Preservation Society Sandy Bihn discussing Maumee River navigation.
        This is the first in a series of lectures in the museum’s spring series. Future lecture topics feature authors Patricia Majher (“Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service” on Feb. 24) and Jerry Kuntz (“The Heroic Age of Diving” on March 17).
        Register at nmgl.eventbrite.com or nmgl.org/events. Event registration free but is required. Donations are welcome and can be given upon registration.
        For more information on all the spring lectures or to view the “Port of Toledo: Then & Now” online exhibit, visit nmgl.org.


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