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Great Lakes tales and history might surprise you

03.2015 Cropped Toledo Great Lakes Museum

From tales of native peoples to fur traders, from secret voyages conducted by the Underground Railroad to rum runners, and thousands of shipwrecks in between, the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo tells the whole story.

Invite a friend and join fellow AARP members for an exclusive tour of the National Museum of the Great Lakes and the SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker, once the largest freighter on the Great Lakes.

AARP is offering members a free tour of the museum and the 619-foot-long SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker museum ship, where visitors can climb aboard and peek into the engine room, pilothouse and the captain’s quarters. AARP volunteers and staff will be on hand to answer your questions and bring you up to date on the Real Possibilities we offer in your community.

Join us from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, for a free tour of the museum and ship (a $12 value).

The tour is free but reservations are required.

RSVP by calling toll-free 1-877-926-8300 or by registering online by clicking here:

National Great Lakes Museum

1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH 43605

The Great Lakes Historical Society operates the museum. It’s mission is to preserve and make known the history of the Great Lakes. AARP is providing a free tour of the facility and ship to allow our members to learn about this historic local attraction.

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