Special Exhibit "Ice for Everybody: Lake Erie and America's Ice Harvesting Industry"
Cold beverages, frozen treats, and refrigerated perishables were once the exclusive luxury of the affluent. Beginning in the early 19th century, the ice harvesting industry revolutionized the lives of common people by providing them with cheap, abundant ice. One of the biggest ice producers was Lake Erie and its Sandusky Bay. Through historic photos from the museum's Charles E. Frohman collection and artifacts, such as an icebox and tools used in the trade, this exhibit will show the impact Northwest Ohio icemen and their work on the frozen lake and bay had on a national industry. The exhibit will also feature videos of locals who remember the days when their food was refrigerated in iceboxes with big blocks of ice. Exhibit will be on display until Feb 25, 2018.