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Daily Dose  |  02/05/2020 9:00 am

The National Museum of the Great Lakes is exploring new avenues to mix maritime history with everyday fun by introducing “History Happy Hour,” with the first event in the series focused on women of the Great Lakes.

“We wanted to bring the beauty and mission of our museum to more people in a casual yet unique way,” states the museum’s Executive Director Chris Gillcrist. “This activity gives guests an opportunity to grab a drink and explore our museum after hours, while also providing an exclusive experience to interact with history.”

The first History Happy Hour takes place during Women’s History Month on Thursday, March 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and is titled: The Women Who Made the Great Lakes. From Native American poet Jane Schoolcraft, to early 19th century Great Lakes captain and Toledoan Grace Waite, to the only female Great Lakes Gold Life Saving Medal Awardee Jean Colby—thematic and engaging learning opportunities will be situated throughout the museum while visitors roam and hear stories of daring rescues, dangerous shipwrecks, and most of all, trailblazing women.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.nmgl.org and include drinks, snacks and open access to the museum after-hours with interactive story-telling. The series is planned to continue throughout the year with History Happy Hours scheduled in June—featuring sailor stories aboard the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship and Museum Tug Ohio , and again in November—highlighting Great Lakes Rogues, Rebels and Radicals.

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: History Happy Hour—The Women Who Made the Great Lakes

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2020; 5:30pm-7:30pm

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

ADMISSION: $25 for members; $30 for non-members. Admission includes drinks, snacks and open access to the museum after-hours with interactive story-telling.

CONTACT: FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Kate Fineske; 419.265.4967



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