Birthplace of Inventions

Category: Educational

Event Date:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


7:30 am - 6:30 am


Lourdes University
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Helene Sheets




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Event Details:

Wednesday, June 20

Cost: $99 for members; $114 for nonmembers
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 8 a.m.; returns around 6:30 p.m.
Buffet lunch is included

Thomas Alva Edison was one of America’s most famous inventors. The incandescent light bulb and phonograph started with him, and his story started in Milan, Ohio. Visit the Edison Birthplace Museum, a registered National Historic Landmark and a meticulously maintained home filled with a collection of rare examples of many of Edison’s early inventions, documents and family mementos. Edison so cherished his childhood home that he purchased it in 1906. After his death, Edison’s wife and daughter opened the birthplace to the public as a memorial and museum in tribute to the humble beginnings of a great man.

Across the street is the Milan Museum with galleries focused on local history rich in invention and creativity, as well as collections of glass and dolls. Explore the unique history of the Milan area from the earliest beginnings, through the creation, expansion, and decline of the Milan Canal. New glass galleries explore European and American glass from the earliest piece in the collection of Roman glass through the works of contemporary, local artists. The outstanding Mildred Smith Coulton Doll Gallery features more than 350 charming examples of china, bisque, wax, papier-mâché and composition dolls.

Enjoy a lunch break at Berardi Family Restaurant with a satisfying hot buffet. After lunch, dive into the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, where you’ll have a boatload of fun discovering the rich maritime history of the Sandusky Bay area. Through an extensive collection of maritime artifacts on display, explore the early days of boating, commercial fishing and shipping on Lake Erie! Interactive exhibits illustrate boat-building, wetlands, and Sandusky’s role in the Underground Railroad. In outdoor exhibits, board real Lyman’s, see the professional boat workshops and see other vessels on display. When you’re finished browsing the museum, visit the nautical gift shop.

Relive your childhood excitement at the Sandusky Merry Go Round Museum. Enjoy a fun and relaxed atmosphere while touring the museum learning about the history and art of the carousel. The “oom pa pa” of the band organ and the “painted ponies” on display will thrill and enchant. Climb aboard the working Allan Herschell Carousel with the band organ playing. Meet artisan carvers who are creating and restoring carousel animals as well as other types of folk art back to their fully beauty.

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