Explore the history of Wischmeyer model boats

Explore the history of the Wischmeyer model boats at the Bay Village Historical Society’s Nov. 7 porch talk.

Are they leftover toys, model pond racers or neither? Ed Neal, a boater and hobby boat builder, recently examined the models in detail as he cleaned and restored them. Neal will present the unique features of each boat and will discuss how each model fits into a historical Lake Erie context. Presented for the non-boater and boater alike, the talk will provide a fresh perspective for viewing and considering the shoreline of Bay Village.

The model boats and their blueprints were originally created by Henry Wischmeyer Jr., who was intrigued by the boats he saw regularly making their way up and down Lake Erie. Taught by expert Valentine Miller, Wischmeyer became very skilled in making models of the boats he saw on the lake. Several of his models are in Rose Hill Museum and many more are in the Great Lakes Historical Museum.

The Sunday, Nov. 7, porch talk takes place at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Museum, 27715 Lake Road in Bay Village. Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own folding chair for the presentation.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 10:26 AM, 11.02.2021