A Message in a Bottle

The National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) begins their annual fall lecture series, On Wednesday, October 20, at 7 p.m,  with “Bottled Goodbyes”—a conversation exploring famous messages that have floated ashore. Presented by Ric Mixter and based on his newest book Bottled Goodbyes—Messages from Shipwreck and Aviation Disasters, the lecture tells tales from the Great Storm of 1913, to the development of the radio (which ultimately led to a decrease in bottled messages). 

“The storied ‘message-in-a-bottle’ is a concept that intrigues many of us,” says Christopher Gillcrist, the National Museum of the Great Lakes’ Executive Director. “There have been alleged bottled messages connected to U.S. Presidents, and discoveries of bottles capturing the last days of lost souls sailing the Inland Seas. Mr. Mixter introduces a historical phenomenon connected to every one of our five Great Lakes and beyond.” 

Ric Mixter is an Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker, author, and historian who has also served as a SCUBA cameraman on underwater expeditions to the Great Lakes’ largest shipwrecks. He has interviewed dozens of shipwreck survivors and consistently delivers standing-room-only crowds for his repeat presentations all over the Great Lakes. 

This is the first in a series of lectures in the museum’s 2021 fall series and will be offered as a hybrid event. Participants can choose when registering to take part in the lecture in person at the museum or online via Zoom. Event registration is required but free. Donations are encouraged and can be given upon registration. For more information on the spring lectures or to register to join the event, visit nmgl.org. 

WHEN: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7 – 8:30 pm 

WHERE: National Museum of the Great Lakes 

1701 Front St., Toledo, OH 43605 

Or, Online via Zoom 

Registration required at: nmgl.eventbrite.com or nmgl.org/events 

ADMISSION: FREE (Donations encouraged and can be given upon registration.)

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