When compared to other large urban centers across the United States, Toledo is often labeled as a second-rate Midwestern city and, as a result, many of its stories are hidden and unexplored. This series attempts to give agency to the various unmapped narratives within our city, putting us “In the Midst” of our community. Through an exploration of the cultural, historical, and innovative products of Toledo—from people, businesses, and organizations to events, initiatives, and policies—“In the Midst” highlights those who inhabit and have made a home in the swamp.
Midstory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit thinkhub that progresses the narrative of the Midwest by incubating bright, diverse and interdisciplinary thinkers to exchange ideas and envision the future of our region through multimedia storytelling and solutions-oriented research since its founding in 2018.
As an educational media organization, we inform, interpret and inspire in and for the Midwest and believe that our region’s challenges can be our greatest asset to drive renewed interest and human capital into post-industrial cities.