FREE Community Event at the National Museum of the Great Lakes Historic First Responders Honored at First Responder Fest

Posted: Sunday, August 6, 2017 by: Anna M. Kolin | Category: Community Interest

August 3, 2017 (Toledo, Ohio)–The National Museum of the Great Lakes is pleased to announce an upcoming free community event that will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10am-3pm on the grounds of the museum. First Responder Fest is designed to showcase the vehicles and equipment and most importantly to learn about and honor, the people that risk their lives every day to ensure the safety of others. “First Responders are the glue that keeps a community together, particularly in times of crisis. We are excited to demonstrate examples of their skills and the scope of their missions in this one day event.” stated Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of NMGL. Representatives from local police, fire and rescue and other first responders will be on site to show and tell the details of their trade. Demonstrations will be taking place throughout the day. A full list of demonstrations will be available as details are determined. NMGL has chosen to honor two historic first responders with Great Lakes connections, as part of the event. Representing the Toledo Police Department, Patrolman John Hassett , who was killed in the line of duty during a tornado on March 5, 1880; and representing private citizens, Edward Spencer, who rescued seventeen people from the wreck of the Lady Elgin in 1860. First Responder Fest will take place in the Maritime Park outside of the museum and will be free to the general public. Access to the museum exhibits and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship will require admission, which will be discounted to $8.00 per person all day. NMGL members are always free. First Responders who present their occupational identification will be admitted free on August 19 as well. The National Museum of the Great Lakes is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society. 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 and research library since 1952; by offering educational programs to the general public since 1956; and by conducting underwater archaeological research across the Great Lakes since 2001. WHAT: First Responder Fest WHEN: Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 10:00am-3:00pm WHERE: National Museum of the Great Lakes 1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605 ADMISSION: $8.00 per person – August 19, 2017 ONLY; FREE – Children 5 and under; FREE – GLHS/NMGL Members

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