*** Event Update – the Auction is cancelled this year ***
The Auction for History is an opportunity to take home some amazing historical souvenirs of the Lake Erie islands while supporting a great cause. Your money will go towards helping the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society pursue their mission of preserving the history of the Lake Erie islands. There will be a live auction as well as a silent auction. More detailed information about the Auction for History location and times will become available as the date draws nearer. Check the museum website here for more info on this excellent Put-in-Bay community event. You can also contact the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society directly at (419) 285-2804.
Lake Erie Islands Historical Society
The Auction for History benefits the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society. This, along with the LEIHS Museum Store and Resale Shop, make up a large portion of the funding for the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society. LEIHS is critical in keeping alive the history of the Lake Erie Islands. Even Ohioans who have the islands right in their backyard don’t seem to really know all of the events of historical significance that have happened up here.
The islands are most famous for Commodore Perry’s victory in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. However, did you know that tiny Mouse Island was once owned by the 19th President of the United States of America, Rutherford B. Hayes? President Hayes used the island as a private getaway for himself and his family. Jay Cooke, Civil War financier, was also instrumental in the construction of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Put-in-Bay. There are many more fascinating stories about the Lake Erie Islands. The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society is instrumental in ensuring that they aren’t lost to history. They also preserve primary sources, including some incredible documents and photographs from previous centuries.
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