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2024 Spring Lecture Series Focuses on Environment, Injustice

The National Museum of the Great Lakes begins its Spring Lecture Series on Thursday, March 14, at 7 pm. 

The series, presented by Impact Employment Solutions, will offer both in-person and online lectures via Zoom. 

“The annual Spring Lecture Series is a staple at the National Museum of the Great Lakes. We take pride in bringing a variety of topics and speakers to Toledo,” Carrie Sowden, Archaeological and Research Director for the National Museum of Great Lakes said in a statement.

Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), Kimberly Kaufman will present the first lecture, “The World of Songbird Migration.” Event attendees will learn about the journey migratory birds take across the Great Lake region.

The second lecture, on April 10, will discuss the “50 Years of History and Science on the Great Lakes.” The third and final lecture of the series is set for May 2, and will feature the story of Sarah Elizabeth Ray, a Detroit native who fought against racial injustice and segregation on the Boblo boat, SS Columbia.

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“This season, we have topics on how to interact with your environment today, the history of the study of the Great Lakes environment, and a story of racial injustice on the Great Lakes, and how it went all the way to the Supreme Court. Our spring lectures are the perfect way to reflect on the impact of the past, present, and future of our coveted natural resources,” Sowden said.

The lectures are free to attend, with donations strongly encouraged. Registration is required for the events, register for the lectures here.

For more information on the National Museum of Great Lakes 2024 Spring Lecture Series, visit nmgl.org/2024-spring-lecture-series-kicks-off-with-the-remarkable-journey-of-migratory-songbirds-along-the-great-lakes.

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