Edward Libbey: The Toledo Museum Of Art

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The Toledo Museum of Art was founded due to Toledo’s placement as “the glass city of the United States”. In 1888, Edward Libbey moved his glass company to Toledo. In 1901, Libbey and his wife founded the Toledo Museum of Art, without barring anyone from entering. They would gather works of art as well as “collections of glass” during their travels. The couple would make donations of money and property to the museum, but they encouraged the citizens of Toledo to engage within the museum. This created a community as people of all types of social background would donate to the museum. Then, with the invention of glass bottles and the site of other glass factories, Toledo proceeded to establish itself as the glass capital. The repeal of prohibition
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