Haunted Toledo Meets With Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson At The Historic Commodore Perry Building
Haunted Toledo had the incredible honor of spending the day with our Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.
Mayor Hicks-Hudson spoke to us about what Toledo’s history means to her, to our community, and to future generations.
After we spoke for awhile, Haunted Toledo took the Mayor on a tour through the historic Commodore Perry building. We explained to the Mayor what history means to Haunted Toledo and why it is essential that it is preserved for the future.
There were beautiful moments where we revealed Commodore Perry’s hidden treasures and it was evident it clearly touched the Mayor.
Listening to our Mayor gasp in awe of these rooms reminded us all why we do what we do. It even took me back in time to the reactions I had when seeing those rooms for the first time. Though, the second glance still stole my breath and made my heart pound like a drum.
Haunted Toledo’s main goal is to preserve history. We do that by telling the stories and legends tied to the historic establishment.
Many places are lost in time. Forgotten behind walls, much like Commodore Perry, with only a lucky handful of people who have come to discover their hidden secrets.
Other places are lost due to the building being torn down, ripped out of the pages of our town and completely forgotten about within two generations’ time. Never to be told. Never to be remembered. Legacies erased and lives forgotten.
Haunted Toledo works to preserve those forgotten stories by filming and documenting each dusty hallway, every crumbling wall mural, every single dissolving doorway.
We bring life back into the buildings by filling those filmed images with stories of wonderful, sad, and sometimes tragic memories and legends that time threatened to kill.
Death is inevitable. But you can live on through the properly documentation, filming, and telling of these stories.
We all want to be remembered. Let us not forget those that came before us; those who also have stories that should be told long after they’re gone.
– Sarah Chelten