Museum extends spring series to include two new virtual lectures

Tammy Walro

        Due to the success of its previous presentations, the National Museum of the Great Lakes is announcing the addition of two more lectures to their 2021 Spring Virtual Lecture Series.
        The first added lecture, titled “An Illustrated History of the Soo Locks,” will take place Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. and will feature Michelle Briggs, who, since 2009, has served as the Soo Locks’ Chief Park Ranger.
        “Our virtual lectures have surpassed our expectations. We’re breaking attendance records well beyond any we ever saw pre-pandemic,” said Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeology Director and virtual lecture moderator. “Additionally, because our membership extends across the nation and beyond, the virtual presentations have allowed us to continue spreading our mission to individuals who previously might not have been able to join us, due to distance barriers.”
        Traditionally, the museum’s Spring Lecture Series consists of three presentations. This season, the museum will host five virtual lectures after consistently reaching 250-500 registrants, for every lecture since kick-off. Not included in that total is the number of individuals also connecting to their lectures post-production via YouTube.
        The upcoming Soo Locks lecture will showcase hundreds of historic photos to lead an in-depth exploration of the National Historic Landmark and linchpin of Great Lakes navigation.
        Then, on May 12 at 7 p.m., Great Lakes vessel historian and photographer Chris Winters will highlight the St. Marys Challenger, a sister ship of NMGL’s Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, whose pilot house will soon join the museum grounds as their newest artifact.
        For more information on both lectures or to register for the events, visit Event registration is free but required. Donations are encouraged and can be given at registration.
Ongoing events
        Through May 2: Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Levis Gallery and Gallery 29A, Toledo Museum of Art. Long affiliated with Pop art, the exhibition shows the expansive depth of Thiebaud’s full body of work.
        Through Aug. 29: The Art of Conservation, Toledo Museum of Art. TMA Conservators will be treating a range of museum objects that have been affected by time, human use and previous repair. Learn more at
        April 24-July 25: Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture, 1620-1820, Toledo Museum of Art. Exhibition showcases the museum’s recent acquisition of the six-volume “Ornithologie,” written by Mathurin-Jaques Brisson and illustrated by François-Nicolas Martinet, published 1760. It will also feature paintings, prints, and decorative arts from TMA’s collection, as well as select loans of significant prints and illustrated books.
        Through Oct. 31: Special exhibit, “Ohio: An Unnatural History,” Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. Myths and legends are how people have tried to understand the unknown. This exhibit profiles legendary creatures and spooky tales from across Ohio and looks at the role of folklore in our culture. Included with regular admission. Members are admitted free. 419-332-2081,
        Friday-Sunday, April 2-May 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Sylvania Toy Company, 5929 West Sylvania Ave. (corner of Holland-Sylvania and Sylvania). Free admission.             
April events
        April 3: Easter Shop Hop Saturday in downtown Fremont. Hop on down and see the Easter Bunny at the Bunny House on the corner of Croghan and Front streets. Visit downtown businesses to find unique items for Easter and spring. Easter Bunny visits will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
        April 3: Adult Easter Egg Hunt, downtown Fremont, 6-8 p.m. Sponsored by Downtown Fremont, Inc. and Relay for Life. Open to ages 21 and older. Tickets available at
        April 3: Hayes Easter Egg Roll, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, 2-3:30 p.m. Kids ages 3‐10 are invited to participate in a variety of egg games that replicate the famous White House Easter Egg Roll started by President Rutherford B. Hayes. Prizes are awarded in six age categories, and each child receives a balloon and treats. Kids are asked to bring three hard‐boiled colored eggs for use in the egg games. Face painting, cornhole games, craft activities and visits with the Easter Bunny. In the event of inclement weather, egg games would be canceled but other egg roll events would still take place in the
        April 8: Encaustic Painting with Beth, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5-8 p.m. Beth Genson will demonstrate techniques and applications to create encaustic art. $61.80, all materials included. 419-862-3182,
        April 9: Kids’ Night Out, Toledo Zoo, 6-9 p.m. Kids will enjoy a pizza lunch and some fun outdoor Zoo activities including animal visits, games and activities.
        April 10: Downsizing Workshop, Terra Neeley Center, 2830 Napoleon Rd. Fremont, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Vendors and keynote speakers will guide attendees through the process of downsizing.
        April 10: Retro Roundtable, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 9:30‐11 a.m., free. Bring an artifact, such as a family heirloom, item of clothing or letter, and share its story with the group. Each participant will have 10 minutes to discuss their item. Observers who do not bring items are welcome to attend and hear the stories behind these items. If presenting, preregistration is required. To register, contact Julie Mayle at 419-332-2081, ext. 239, or
        April 10: Second Saturdays R 4 Kids, “Around the World with Col. Webb Hayes,” Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. This kids’ monthly program features a theme focusing on Col. Webb Hayes’ travels around the world. Webb was the son of President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes. This month, China is the featured stop. Kids can stop by any time between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. to complete the activities. Geared toward kids in K-third grade, but all ages are welcome. Free. 419-332-2081,
        April 10: Bonsai Make & Take, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Join SA&G bonsai specialist Steve Tusen to make an edible bonsai to take home. $37.45 includes all materials. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. 419-862-3182,
        April 15: Painting with Carol – “Resting Cardinal,” Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Local artist and teacher Carol Hoffman will demonstrate basic skills to create a cardinal painting with water-mixable oils. $36.05, includes all materials. All skill levels welcome. 419-862-3182,
        April 15: Cold Frame Vegetable Gardening Program, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6-7:30 p.m. Vicki Gallagher will demonstrate how to jumpstart and extend your garden season, reduce pests, and increase your harvest. $18.56. 419-862-3182,
        April 17: Saturday Fun Day, Toledo Zoo, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
        April 17: Fremont Pigeon Club Show & Shop, Sandusky County Fairgrounds, Fremont, 8 a.m. Free. Call 419-483-3484 or email
        April 17: Healing Vibrations and Sound with Rebecca, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Join in as Rebecca shares therapeutic sounds and vibrations using both healing crystal bowls and Solfeggio tuning forks. $30.90. Bring a mat, blanket or pillow and dress comfortably. 419-862-3182,
        April 17-18, 30: Wildlife Drives, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor. Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car. The seven-mile route departs from the Visitor Center entrance road. Gates open at sunrise and close one hour prior to sunset. Trail map available at refuge kiosks or online at See other upcoming events and programs at
        April 22: Painting with Donna – “Robin,” Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Local artist Donna Rader Ebert will lead the program, suitable for all skill levels. $39.14, includes all materials. 419-862-3182, schedel-gardens/org/calendar.html.
        April 23: Twilight Trek, Toledo Zoo, 6-10 p.m.
        April 24: Party for the Planet, Toledo Zoo, 9 a.m. Join the zoo in celebrating Mother Earth. Drop off recyclable goods, including hard-to-recycle items – between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot.
        April 24: Fremont Speedway (410’s, 305’s and Dirt Trucks), 901 Rawson Ave., Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m. and races start at 7 p.m. (times and schedules are subject to change)., 419-332-5604.
        April 24: Kids Days @ Hayes, Earth Day, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 10-11:30 a.m. Kids in grades 4-6 are invited to celebrate Earth Day with a nature and conservation activity. Cost is $5 for HPLM members at the major level and higher and $7 for nonmembers (free for adults who bring kids). RSVPs are required and must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 22. RSVP to, or online at
        April 28: Presidential History Book Club, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, noon. Free. A discussion of “One Man Against the World,” by Tim Weiner. Call 419-332-2081 or visit for info.
        April 29: Gardens Around the World: France, Schedel Arboretum & Gardens, Elmore, 6:30-8 p.m. Garden design enthusiast Myndi Dawes, Community Service Representative at Genoa Retirement Village, will explore the history and exquisiteness of topiary masterpieces, floral explosions, and dainty surprises that make up the allure and grandeur of gardens around the world. $36.05, includes a light serving of region-inspired food and wine. Paid attendees may also wander the gardens before the event. 419-862-3182,
        April 30: Wine Tasting in the Museum Great Hall, Toledo Zoo, 7-9 p.m. Delight in a delectable mix of wines from around the world, hors d’oeuvres, live music and more. 21 and older; valid ID required. $45 for members, $50 for non-members. 419-385-5721,
        April 30: Summer Behind the Scenes Tour Registration Opens, Toledo Zoo.
        Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please verity that events are still ongoing. For more events, be sure to visit,, or Submit event information to


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