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UT exhibit celebrates Toledo’s global connections

From its founding in 1837, the city of Toledo established its connection to the world by taking as its name that of the ancient Spanish city.

“Greater Toledo: The City in the World,” the new exhibition by the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at The University of Toledo, celebrates those global connections by examining the people and organizations from Toledo who have shaped — and been shaped by — the world.

The exhibit will open Thursday, Sept. 24, at 2:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of Carlson Library on UT’s Main Campus and is one of several events during the week of the inauguration of Dr. Sharon L. Gaber as The University of Toledo’s 17th president. Gaber and Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson will deliver brief remarks at the opening reception.

The exhibit marks the first public showing of the original “Act to Incorporate the City of Toledo, Ohio” from 1837 and the first minute book of the Toledo City Council dating from April 3 of that year. These items are part of a larger collection of early records of Toledo city government that recently were transferred by the city to the Canaday Center for preservation.

Also on display will be the 1872 articles of incorporation for the Toledo University of Arts and Trades, the predecessor to The University of Toledo. Jesup W. Scott, a newspaper publisher and real estate investor, established the University that year because he believed Toledo was destined to become the “future great city of the world.”

“The exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the long connection between the city and the University, and the connection of both to the world,” said Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and interim director of UT Libraries. “It also fits in well with the theme of Dr. Gaber’s inauguration: tradition, collaboration and transformation.”

In addition to the rare opportunity to see the founding documents of the city and the University, the exhibit will include other items of note from the Canaday Center’s collection, including records of the Association of Two Toledos, the oldest sister city relationship in the world, and items documenting Toledo’s global reach through companies such as Toledo Scale, Willys-Overland Corp. and the glass industries.

The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Friday, May 6.

Media Coverage
The Blade (Sept. 25, 2015)
NBC 24 (Sept. 25, 2015)

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