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The National Museum of the Great Lakes offers a new audio tour


A local author and historian narrates an audio tour exploring the history of Toledo.

TOLEDO, Ohio— The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) offers a new way to discover the rich history of Toledo, while soaking up the sun.

In addition to NMGL’s indoor museum and interactive museum ship Col. James M. Schoonmaker, history buffs—and those who just like to walk around—can experience Toledo’s history in action.

NMGL used a self-guided tour app called VoiceMap. The tour, which costs just $5.99, is titled “The Port of Toledo: From Middlegrounds Metropark to Cherry Street and Back” and already has a five-star review.

After paying for the tour, users will be directed to follow a path from the Middlegrounds Metropark to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge and back. The tour is narrated by Toledo author and historian Ted Long and lasts 90 minutes.

The scope of the visit is not limited to maritime history either. Listeners will be able to hear Long’s in-depth knowledge of the complex industrial, economic and social history of the Toledo region.

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“There are so many fascinating maritime shops to explore in Toledo,” Long said. “From why Toledo’s warehouse district was centered on Swan Creek, to how canals helped turn the city of glass, and how a change in wind direction saved downtown from Toledo in 1894.”

Nor does the visit need to be done all at once. After purchasing it, you are free to use it at your own pace.

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The cost of the visit goes entirely to supporting the teaching of the history of the Great Lakes and Toledo. All proceeds from Long’s tour go directly to the NMGL, where they will help the museum preserve the area’s history.