Museum to welcome back “Christmas Tree Ship” Dec. 3

Press Staff Writer

        The National Museum of the Great Lakes will welcome the arrival of the Christmas Tree Ship Saturday, Dec. 3 from 1-4 p.m.
        Area residents are invited to purchase a Christmas tree for themselves or a family in need and then watch Santa arrive with the trees at the event, held in partnership with Geo. Gradel Co.
        “On Nov. 23, 1912, the schooner Rouse Simmons sank while carrying Christmas trees,” said Ellen Kennedy, the museum’s Director of Education and Visitor Experience. “Known as the Christmas Tree Ship, her captain, lovingly referred to as ‘Captain Santa,’ was remembered for giving trees to families in need.”
        Inspired by the original Christmas Tree Ship tale, participants can pre-purchase a live Christmas tree for themselves and/or donate a tree or gift card to a family in need. The museum has partnered with United Way of Greater Toledo and 2-1-1 and are working with East Toledo Family Center, Family House, Lucas County Children’s Services, and Sylvania Area Family Services to distribute trees and holiday support to families in need.
        This year, in collaboration with the East Toledo community, the museum will host the event in the afternoon to encourage visitors to participate in the neighboring East Toledo Holiday Parade, which will being at 11 a.m. and travel along East Broadway and Starr Avenue.
        The Christmas Tree Ship arrival is free outdoor event, open to the general public. In addition, admission to the museum exhibits will be free for all who purchase or donate tree or donate toward a gift card.
        Trees are $60 each. Gift card donations start at $25. To learn more, to purchase a tree for yourself or a family in need, or donate holiday gift card, visit or call 419-214-5000.
        Individuals interested in learning more about receiving a donated tree are encouraged to call 2-1-1, a United Way service which connects callers to community resource specialists who can put them in touch with local organizations that provide critical services.


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