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March 2 – 2 pm – Sault Ste Marie and Me – 318 Times through the locks, by Jim Holcepl. Event by Maritime Museum of Sandusky This past summer he worked as a Captain for the Original Soo Locks Tours, part of Interlake Maritime Services. He is a member of Great Lakes Captain Association. Join us for coffee & donuts in person, included with Museum admission (free for members) or watch at home online. Tickets or attend by

March 29 – 12-1:00 pm – Lunch & Learn: America in The Gilded Age – by Joshua Dubbert (Historian at the Hayes Museum). This is a free presentation offered by Shores and Islands Ohio and the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums Historian Josh Dubbert will present on this topic. “Gilded” refers to a veneer placed over something cheap, or in the social sense, corrupt. The last three decades of the American 19thcentury was a time of industrial and technological achievement, immigration, social unrest, escalating racism and huge wealth disparity. It was also a period of revolutionary invention, art and culture, during which the United States transformed into an economic force and an imperial power on the world stage. This program will examine these major shifts, and discuss the many aspects that made it the prelude to the modern America we know today. You can bring your lunch, and light snacks will be provided. Presentation at the Shores & Islands Welcome Center, 770 SE Catawba Rd, Port Clinton. [email protected].

April 6 – 10 am to 1:00 pm – at the Sandusky Library – Authors and readers alike are welcome to our Local Author Fair. Readers will have the opportunity to explore new authors, converse with them and peruse or purchase books. Authors will have a chance to network with others and share tips and tricks about the craft of writing.
April 6 – 9 am to 3 pm – Johnson’s Island Park Day – Event by Friends and Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison – Join us for the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison Park Day to help clean up and maintain the site of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison. Advance registration is required. This is important so we can plan to have enough food for everyone! To register, please complete this form by March 29: Registrants will receive further instructions by email closer to the event. Please meet at the site (GPS: 4005 E. Baycliffs Drive, Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440) at 9:00 a.m. for a brief introduction to Johnson’s Island. Wear your outdoor work clothes (including gloves and boots) and dress for the weather (there is no shelter at the site). Please bring garden rakes, wheel barrows, tarps, tools for cutting branches, and/or chain saws if you have them. We will be clearing brush and sticks that have fallen over the winter to clean up the site, clearing trees around Fort Johnson, doing some general landscaping, and other similar projects. Lunch will be provided. After lunch, there will be a tour and time to view the fort. This event is part of the American Battlefield Trust’s annual Park Day volunteer event.
April 13 – 9:30-5 pm – Ritter Public Library is pleased to host the first Northern Ohio Archaeology Symposium, 5 sessions. Each presentation will be about 45 minutes with 15 minutes for Q&A. Registration (at the bottom of the page) is recommended to guarantee your seat.



July 4 – 2-pm to 3:30 – Independence Day Concert at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums and Ohio History ConnectionCelebrate Independence Day with this patriotic concert by the Toledo Concert Band, featuring members of the Toledo Symphony, played on the verandah of the historic Hayes Home. Admission is free. The band will play a variety of music, and Civil War reenactors will fire cannons in sync with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating on the lawn. Food trucks will sell lunch and snacks on site. For updates, visit The Hayes Home and museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed.






January 16 – 12 Noon – at the Sandusky Library – History of Passenger Travel on the Great Lakes. Chris Gillcrist, executive Director of National Museum of the Great Lakes, presenter. A thorough history of travel on the Great Lakes, either for immigration or enjoyment from the 9th century schooners to the lavish steamboats of the early 20th century. Register online or call 419-625-3834

February 20 – 12 Noon – at the Sandusky Library – How the Underground Railroad Transformed Ohio and America – The Underground Railroad has secured its place in American historical memory as a chapter of our history of which we are justifiably proud. But it’s just as important that we fully understand what we’re remembering and celebrating. The real story centers on the generally uncredited roles of the African Americans who made seemingly impossible escapes look easy and defied the defenders of slavery North and South by setting on the frontline of freedom. No place in America was more important to their struggle than Ohio, whose history is integrally intertwined with this iconic movement. Register online or call 419-625-3834