Museum Seeking Individual Stories to Build Oral History Archive of Time Aboard Great Lake Vessels

Daily Dose  |  01/24/2020 1:00 pm

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is seeking individuals who served on the Col. James M. Schoonmaker or the Willis B. Boyer and the tug Laurence Turner or Ohio to act as a first step in creating an oral history archive to help preserve and make known the recent history of the Great Lakes.

“Museums generally do a good job at preserving history from decades and centuries ago, but often fail to preserve the history that has occurred much more recently,” explains Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of the museum. “Our oral history archive project is designed to capture experiences related to the Great Lakes that occurred since the 1960s.” Gillcrist says the museum is beginning its archiving initiative by interviewing crew members from the Col. James M. Schoonmaker/Willis B. Boyer and the tug Laurence Turner/Ohio , as a starting place. “It makes lot of sense to start close to home with the two vessels in our collection.”

Anybody with a Great Lakes story can submit initial information by contacting the museum through its online form at www.nmgl.org/oral-histories or by calling 419-214-5000 extension 205. People who served on either the Schoonmaker/Boyer or the Turner/Ohio can follow the same procedure and simply check the box indicating their service on one of these two boats. Museum staff will record interviews and make available an online index which will be useful to researchers. Additionally, the museum hopes that these interviews may also spur the development of new exhibits and/or publications.

About the National Museum of the Great Lakes: Founded in 1944, the Great Lakes Historical Society has been preserving our shared cultural history by publishing a quarterly journal Inland Seas® since 1945 by; operating a maritime museum since 1952; offering educational programs to the general public since 1956; conducting underwater archaeological research across the Great Lakes since 2001; and managing the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship since 2014 and Museum Tug Ohio since 2019. The opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes enables the Great Lakes Historical Society to continue its mission to preserve and make known the important history of the Great Lakes.

WHAT: Call for Great Lake Vessel Stories

WHEN: Ongoing

ADDITIONAL Stories can be submitted online form at www.nmgl.org/oral-histories or by

DETAILS: calling 419-214-5000 extension 205

CONTACT: FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Kate Fineske; 419.265.4967



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