Bid for Once-in-a-lifetime Great Lakes Experiences and Memorabilia - Proceeds Support Great Lakes History

Daily Dose  |  09/18/2020 11:00 am

What’s your Great Lakes passion? Are you a fishing enthusiast? Or, a history buff? Maybe you are more of an adventure seeker? Whatever your interest—the National Museum of the Great Lakes has it covered in its H 2 Oh! Auction. Open for bidding between September 17 through the 27, all proceeds help keep Great Lakes history afloat by supporting continued operations at the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

“This year has been like no other,” says Chris Gillcrist, Executive Director of the National Museum of the Great Lakes. “With significant lost revenue from months of pandemic-induced forced closure, our team had to reimagine creative ways to help offset income loss. This unique auction offers us a way to both spread and support our mission of preserving and making known the history of the Great Lakes.”

A sampling of the featured auction items include:

● A unique tour of the Maumee River on an all-terrain amphibious vehicle

● Two days fly fishing at Rockwell Springs Trout Farm

● A ride on the JW. Wescott II —the United States’ only floating post office

● A simulated experience sailing a freighter

● A sunday brunch and afternoon lake cruise with Catawba Island Club

Bidding opened Thursday, September 17 and closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 27—the day after the museum’s live-streamed Gala which features: Great Lakes video memories, a first-look at a new temporary exhibit hosted at ProMedica’s historic Steam Plant headquarters, and the announcement of the winner of the Luck of the Lakes raffle. To learn more about the event, view auction items and register visit: Registration to bid and view the live-streamed gala is FREE.

WHAT: H2Oh! Virtual Auction

WHEN: Thursday, September 17 - 6 p.m. Sunday, September 27, 2020 Live-streamed Gala: September 26, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Online. Registration required at:

COST: Registration to watch the live-streamed event and participate in the online auction is FREE. Guests can also choose to purchase tickets which include themed gifts, party favors and dinner options from Real Seafood.

CONTACT: Kate Fineske; 419.265.4967, 

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; by offering educational programs to the general public since 1956; by conducting underwater archaeological research across the Great Lakes since 2001; and by 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.