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Then-and-Now Photography Challenge, Week 1 of Social Distancing

Posted 7 months ago by John D

PLEASE NOTE: While we invite you to contribute to the Community Photo Album and engage in documenting our local history, the community's safety is our top priority. We recommend following Ohio Department of Health guidelines and limiting the total amount of time out in public, maintaining a safe distance of six feet from others and avoiding crowded environments such as public transportation and large group settings, if possible. Please visit the COVID-19 information portal set up by the Ohio Department of Health to learn more.

With that in mind, there are still opportunities to explore Toledo and the surrounding area while being mindful of the need to maintain safe practices. Now that spring is finally starting to creep into northwest Ohio, it’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather by exploring our waterfront along the Maumee River.

In the Local History and Genealogy Department, we work to digitize our historical image collections and make them available online for the public's research purposes. But those images only provide one snapshot in time, such as these from the past sixty years of our shared history.

We would like to challenge you to flex your photography skills and provide some contemporary views of the mighty Maumee and submit them to the Community Photo Album. Help record the region’s history in real time and show off your artistic flair with a camera. Explore everything from Bayview Park at the mouth of the river, all the way down to Providence Metropark at the county border and enjoy the changing weather.