2016-2017 Historical Program Series

November 5th - The Anthony Wayne: Fact and Fiction ~ National Museum Of the Great Lakes
The recent discovery of the side-wheel steamer that sank in 1850. Program discusses what is known, what is believed, and what we are finding from the archaeology. Included is extensive coverage of NMGL’s 2008 field season.

November 19th - Disasters of the Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands ~ Author Wendy Koile
Beautiful and deadly, the Lake Erie islands off the coast of Ohio have seen their fair share of disasters. The Victory Hotel on South Bass Island at Put-in-Bay was once the largest hotel in the nation. But the grand residence was reduced to ashes after a spark quickly became a raging, uncontrollable inferno. At the Toledo Harbor Lighthouse, one light keeper was frozen in for days with his deceased colleague until he could make a desperate escape. Wendy discusses some of her research on the fiercest calamities to shatter the tranquility of these solitary shores.

All programs start at 1pm and are free with admission to the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, unless otherwise noted.

Traveling Programs Bureau

~ War of 1812: Battle of Lake Erie ~ Learn about how Oliver Perry and the American Fleet defeated British Naval Forces just west of PUt-In-Bay

~ Sandusky Maritime & the Underground Railroad ~ Prior to the Civil War, many escaping slaves traveled through Sandusky on their way to freedom. Hear stories of escape and learn about Sandusky abolitionists that aided fugitive slaves on their way to Canada.

~ Johnson’s Island Confederate Prison ~ A prison built for Confederate officers, Johnson’s Island boasted the lowest mortality rate of all the prisons; both Union and Confederate. This program also discusses day-to-day life for prisoners and the uniqueness of their situation during the American Civil War.

~ Ohio’s Wetlands ~ This program outlines the different ecosystems along Lake Erie and why they are important to the health of our great lake. Features a case study of the Great Black Swap.

~ The G.A. Boeckling: Ferrying Passengers to Cedar Point ~ Travel back to Cedar Point in the early 1900s and learn the story of its beloved ferry boat the G.A. Boeckling.

~ Lake Erie Shipwrecks: Part I ~ This program covers 7 wrecks found in the Western portion of Lake Erie along with one famous non-Lake Erie wreck.

~ Harvesting Sandusky Bay (winter & summer) ~ Two major industries, ice harvesting and commercial fishing, and how they functioned over 100 years ago.

~ Glaciers & the Great Lakes ~ The forming of the Inland Seas and their flora & fauna.

~ The Christmas Tree Ship ~ The story of the famous ship, Rouse Simmons, who delivered Christmas Trees annually to Chicago. This program covers her owner’s impressive business and her tragic wreck.


All programs are approx. 45 minutes in length. Museum staff have a portable screen, projector, and laptop if needed. Some programs have artifacts that travel with them. Traveling Programs are $75 and can be booked by calling the Maritime Museum @ 419-624-0274.


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