Spring 2016 Lecture Series Online

NMGL has worked with Toledo’s KnowledgeStream to record and publish online our ongoing lecture series.  This is a great way to see the lecture if you happened to miss one.  Also, you can check out the wide variety of lectures that we have at NMGL as part of your membership.  To view a video, just click on the talk below.

April 13, 2016 – Joel Stone “Floating Palaces of the Great Lakes”

May 4, 2016 – Scott and Dave Ramsey “Resurrecting the Dart Boat Company”

May 25, 2016 – Ed Perrine “Great Lakes Ladies: A Social History of Prostitution in Great Lakes Ports”    (Warning: This presentation may contain content unsuitable for all viewers)


Royal Albert Found

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is pleased to announce the discovery of the Royal Albert.  This shipwreck was discovered in Lake Ontario by Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland “Chip” Stevens with grant assistance from NMGL.

The Royal Albert was a schooner that was built in 1858 in Oakville, Ontario by John Simpson.  After 10 years in Canadian service, she was sold to H.C. Bolland in Oswego, NY.  The schooner was 104′ with a beam of 23′.   She was listed as a two masted schooner.

On August 9, 1868 the Royal Albert was loaded with railroad rails and left Oswego, NY, bound for Toledo, OH.  The cargo of heavy rails shifted during the journey causing  the sides of the vessel to split.  Fortunately, the crew had just enough time to launch the yawl and escape the sinking ship.

The discovery of this shipwreck in June 2016 fills in another lost story of our Great Lakes history and ties together two countries as the railroad is expanding our countries.  NMGL is proud to be partner with our colleagues in Lake Ontario.

For more information, please visit www.shipwreckworld.com

Or see the Toledo Blade article here.

Sit & Tell Exhibit

The National Museum is pleased to be the first location in Toledo to showcase the chairs from the Sit & Tell Project.  This exhibition, put together by AIGA Toledo, in conjunction with MTS Seating and the Toledo Arts Commission, gathered stories about strong women and created a chair inspired by each story.  One hundred chairs were created and we will be exhibiting 10 of them in our entrance lobby for the next two weeks.  Come for a visit and learn more about these inspiring women.

Schoonmaker Closed 6/18, 11 am – 1 pm

The Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship will be closed for two hours on Saturday, June 18 from 11 am to 1 pm.  This is to give our team a chance to honor two recently deceased long term volunteers.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.  The boat will be available for visitation from 10 am – 11 am, and then from 1 pm – 5 pm.  The last boarding is at 4 pm.

Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence

The National Museum of the Great Lakes has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for 2016.  With this only being our second full year of operation, this is a huge accomplishment and we are very proud.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Come down and see what all the fuss is about!  Information about visiting National Museum of the Great Lakes can be found here.

We’re Open this Memorial Day!

The National Museum of the Great Lakes, which is typically closed on Mondays, will be open to the public on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016, from 10am-5pm. To honor those that have served our country, we are admitting all active military and veterans with valid military ID into the museum for FREE. This discount applies to the individual only.

Put-In-Bay: Museum on the Move CANCELLED

Due to a number of factors – we have had to cancel our Museum on the Move program for Thursday, May 26.  The Jet Express trip from Port Clinton to Toledo – as well as the trip from Toledo to Put-In-Bay has been cancelled.  We thank you all for your excitement and participation in this event.   If you haven’t received a phone call – you will soon to arrange your refund.

Be sure to check out our next Museum on the Move event – June 23-25 – a bus trip to the Soo for Engineers Day.  Learn more about that opportunity here.

And continue to watch our web site, your Chadburn(e), and other mailings for future Museum on the Move events!

Maritime Park Landscaping Day

Our Maritime Park Landscaping Day on April 6 was rained out. We have rescheduled!

We need your help to get our Maritime Park ship shape for spring! Join us for a 2 ½ hour shift to help us prepare our landscaping for spring. Shifts will run from 2:30pm until 5pm and from 5:30pm until 8pm. Gardening experience welcome, but not necessary. We will have Master Gardeners supervising the work. Do you have work gloves, a rake, maybe a wheelbarrow? Bring them along!

To sign up call 419.214.5000 ext. 200 or email reservations@inlandseas.org

Volunteer Coordinator Needed

The National Museum of the Great Lake, in Toledo, Ohio, is seeking a dedicated volunteer to organize, develop and manage the volunteer activities of the museum and its affiliated programs.   The museum is looking for someone who can volunteer approximately 8 hours a week to get the program off the ground in terms of assessing institutional needs, volunteer recruitment and retention efforts, and volunteer recognition programs.   The museum estimates an 8 hour per-week time commitment but believes that some of that time can be volunteered at the individual’s home.   Good written and oral communication skills are a necessity for the position as well as an ability to work with others. As a volunteer position, no benefits are available for the position except the thanks of a grateful organization.   Interested parties should contact John McCarty at 419-214-5000 x 203 or jmccarty@inlandseas.org . The National Museum of the Great Lakes is located at 1701 Front Street Toledo, Ohio 43605.

NMGL New Website!

We are excited to launch our all NEW website at www.inlandseas.org.  This beautiful page was put together with the great work from Reach Media, and we couldn’t be more excited and proud to work with the Blade and the great developers at Reach Media.  Spend some time looking around at the information that we have put up – including a full calendar of events.  Please come back and check often as we will be constantly updating the page and adding new items to it.  Coming in the future:
* An online store
* An expanded Kids portal with games and links to curriculum
* A virtual tour of the Col. James M. Schoonmaker