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MPL Talks: USS Michigan & the Civil War

The USS Michigan was one of the Navy’s first iron-hulled ships and it sailed the Great Lakes for more than a century. It represented the transition between wood to iron and sail to steam. The USS Michigan also played a … Continue reading

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Learn about USS Michigan, Lake Erie’s first iron hull

The USS Michigan was one of the Navy’s first iron-hulled ships and it sailed the Great Lakes for more than a century. It represented the transition between wood to iron and sail to steam. The USS Michigan also played a … Continue reading

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U.S. Civil War: Learn about battlefield preservation

We are fortunate to have a U.S. National Park in our backyard — doubly fortunate that they partner with us on our monthly Civil War series. During the next talk in our series, we’ll discuss that valuable role the park service … Continue reading

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Meet the Civil War commodore

We don’t talk much of Lake Erie’s role in the American Civil War. That’s because, for the most part, it didn’t have one. However, it almost played a decisive role in the war. In 1864, Confederates attempted to commandeer the iron-hulled USS … Continue reading

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MPL Talks: Political Cartooning after the Civil War

Alan Gephardt, a ranger at James A. Garfield National Historic Site, discussed the role of political cartooning in the latest program of our Civil War series. He talked about how illustrators like Thomas Nast and Joseph Keppler affected political discourse … Continue reading

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