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.

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