The Adventures of Kitty Smoke and Her Friends: The Exhibit

Daily Dose  |  12/07/2017 9:00 am

At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, the National Museum of the Great Lakes will kick off a new temporary exhibit with a live reading of the new children’s book “The Adventures of Kitty Smoke and Her Friendsto the first grade class from St. Pius X Elementary School.

The Adventures of Kitty Smoke and Her Friends is a delightful story about a Great Lakes tugboat, Kitty Smoke, and her amazing comeback. It features 22 illustrations that have been professionally framed to preserve this incredible story. The Adventures of Kitty Smoke and Her Friends: The Exhibit will be on display at the museum through Feb. 28, 2018.

The children’s book, published by the museum, is a product of the imagination of Alexander B. Cook, a longtime supporter and former board chairman of the Great Lakes Historical Society, which owns and operates the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “On this, the 49th year that Cook has painted the Society’s annual holiday card, we were thrilled to be able to publish this artistic snapshot of the Great Lakes maritime industry,” said Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the museum.

PNC Bank provided a grant to publish Kitty Smoke and enable the museum to facilitate field trips and/or outreach programs to underserved children across the community. The book will be sold only at the National Museum of the Great Lakes, with all proceeds supporting the organization.

“The Great Lakes make up the largest body of fresh water on the planet and they have a significant impact on Northwest Ohio,” said Bill McDonnell, PNC regional president of Toledo. “This book helps children understand how the Great Lakes enable our economy to thrive.”

“At this time, more than thirty programs have been scheduled around the community,” Gillcrist added. “An NMGL educator will facilitate the outreach programs and leave a copy of Kitty Smoke behind at each location for more children to enjoy.”

About the Book
Kitty Smoke was once the most powerful tugboat on the Great Lakes. But after years of hard work she is replaced by newer tugboats and left to rot. Everything changes when a boy named Mark, his grandfather Captain Inch and the captain's cat Cookie, find Kitty Smoke in a shipyard. Can they fix her up and help her become the greatest tugboat on the Great Lakes once again?

WHAT: Kitty Smoke: The Exhibit

WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

WHERE: National Museum of the Great Lakes
1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH 43605

COST: Kitty Smoke: The Exhibit is included in the cost of admission.

The Adventures of Kitty Smoke and Her Friends is available for purchase at the NMGL museum store for $15.95.

$8 – Children (6-17); $10 Seniors (65+); $11 – Adults (18-64)
Children five and under FREE; NMGL Members FREE

About the Author

Alexander Burns Cook was born in 1924 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and grew up in the bustling port town of St. Joseph on Lake Michigan. Mr. Cook developed a love of steam-powered boats,particularly tugboats, by exploring the docks and becoming fast friends with tug captains and engineers. He had a varied career as an editorial cartoonist, advertising executive and art teacher. Mr. Cook was invited to join the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Historical Society in 1957 and served in many capacities, including as Museum Curator, for more than 50 years.