Toledo's Attic is reaching 25 years this year! Since 1997, Toledo's Attic has been Toledo's and Northwest Ohio's virtual museum with a focus on the region's commercial, industrial, and social history from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries. It began as a co-operative project of the Ward M. Canaday Center of the University of Toledo, the UT Department of History, the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, the Maumee Valley Historical Society, and WGTE Public Media.

The site offers visitors historical essays, research articles (in Northwest Ohio History) photo galleries, videos, virtual exhibitions, and other resources needed for school, private, and scholarly research. Educators may peruse these collections for teaching history and preparing students for History Day and other events. The collections may also support other innovative projects using various digital technologies.  Moreover, Toledo's Attic is open to housing student projects in the area of public history  and digital storytelling.  Toledo's Attic and its social media sites will continue to help researchers connect and discover relevant digital and traditional resources at the participating archives, libraries, and museums in Northwest Ohio. This site continues to foster collaboration among interested scholars, students, and citizens, and invites contributions of historical essays and photographs.

We thank Tedd Long for his generous support and the many volunteers who have contributed to the project throughout the past 25 years.


Reviewed by the National History Education Clearinghouse.

New on Toledo's Attic

Toledo's Attic is reaching 25 years on Labor Day, 2022.  Read "Early History of Toledo's Essay" (Virtual Museum Opening, Fall 1997)

The History of the Toledo and Lake Erie Boating and Fishing Association and The Middle Bass Club

The Middle Bass Club Chapel Story (added March 2022)

The Middle Bass Club: Veteran Biographies (added April 2022)

Memories of Semi-Pro Basketball in Toledo: Twisters of 1961-62 and Tartans of 1962-63 (essay)

From Bicycles to Furniture: A Brief Historical Sketch of the Toledo Metal Furniture Company’s First Decade (essay and slides)

Recorded Lectures and Presentations (WGTE/KnowledgeStream)

See what our friends are doing...

Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections

Stay tuned for the next announcement!

Past Exhibits

Maumee Valley Historical Society

Special Events

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Calendar of Events (for History and Genealogy-related events, click on Program Type and check the box for "History/Travel/Genealogy")

WGTE Public Media

Watch "Toledo Stories" on your device

Northwest Ohio Cultural Heritage Group

 Download and Print the Northwest Ohio Cultural Heritage Passport

Visit the Northwest Ohio Cultural Heritage Group Website to find out how to participate in the passport.



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