museON Articles

MuseON Articles

  1. Dressmakers of Kalamazoo


    When shopping for clothes, most women head to the nearest store to find what they want. They search the clothing racks and shelves for their size. Few realize how that differs from one hundred or more years ago.

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  2. Ladies Library of Kalamazoo


    On May 20, 1879, the new (and current) home of the Ladies’ Library Association of Kalamazoo was formally dedicated.

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  3. A Day To Remember


    It was a day to remember for the crowd of 8,000 that greeted Senator John F. Kennedy, who spoke from the steps of Kalamazoo City Hall on October 14, 1960.

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  4. Comet ISON A Celestial Visitor


    Far beyond the most distant planet, chunks of frozen gases drift slowly and silently around the Sun.

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  5. 3D Printer - A High-Tech Solution


    The technology offers a relatively inexpensive opportunity for design manufacturing. The process is simple: produce a digital model and send it to a 3D printer.

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  6. Free Time - Come Play With Us!


    Play is serious work, and at the KVM, we’re on it!

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  7. New Acquisition - Peck Collection Reunited


    The Ladies Library offered the collection to the Museum. While the Museum rarely accepts natural history specimens anymore, this box contained something very special. It contained part of the first donation that formed the Museum in 1881.

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  8. Give Me Some of Those Old-Time Exercises


    Many of us today are taking the advice to engage in regular physical exercise.

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  9. The Overshadowed Battle of the American Civil War


    Lost in the excitement of the great triumphs of the Union Army at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, Mississippi was a key victory at a place known as Tebbs Bend on the Green River in central Kentucky.

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  10. Trousers Shaped Kalamazoo One Leg At A Time


    Kalamazoo is known for Checker cabs, Gibson guitars, and both pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, but did you also know it made the widely-distributed Kazoo-brand trousers?

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  11. Reveal The Moon


    In an off-site storage location, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum has been keeping a six-foot diameter hemispheric globe of the near side of the moon.

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  12. Oral History: Irene Escobedo


    In 1942, when she was about 13 years old, Irene Escobedo moved to Kalamazoo with her parents from Texas, where she and her siblings were born.

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  13. New Acquisition: 1947 Projection TV


    “A big 15 by 20 inch picture … So Bright … So Sharp … So Clear … the kind of television pictures you’ve dreamed about … only $795 … Plus $1.41 Federal Tax.”

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  14. A Little More Than From Here To Timbuktu


    In the Western world, Timbuktu is a place often mentioned as remote, distant, and perhaps even mythical.

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  15. We Live in a Violent Universe


    It is not obvious as we experience Spring’s warming temperatures and on those rare, cloudless nights when we have the opportunity to gaze into the quiet, starlit sky.

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  16. New Acquisition: Majorette Uniform


    A Twist on Dance and Gymnastics In August 2012, Kerrie Jackson donated her mother’s Plainwell High School costume and related items to the Museum.

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  17. Trash to Treasure: A Eureka Moment


    Sometimes you can find the most interesting things in the most unexpected places.

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  18. Douglass Community Center Offered A Refuge From War


    A war and the efforts of a group of Kalamazoo residents were instrumental in developing the Douglass Community Center.

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  19. Be Mine Oh My Valentine


    Whether exchanging with school chums or a hopeful romantic interest, Valentines delight both sender and receiver.

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  20. Serving Up Excitement


    One of the most exciting stories in Western Michigan University’s athletic history unfolded in the fall of 1983.

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  21. Uneasy Years: Jewish Life During Depression and War


    Kalamazoo’s Jewish community is nearly as old as the city. In 1844, 16 years after pioneer Titus Bronson first arrived, Mannes Israel, an itinerant Jewish merchant, opened a dry goods store on Main Street.

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  22. Kalamazoo During the Great Depression


    The Great Depression left its mark on Kalamazoo. In an effort to stimulate employment, local, state, and federal governments provided funds for projects intended to create jobs.

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  23. Kalamazoo's Working Class


    Kalamazoo shifted from a primarily agricultural economy to an increasingly industrial economy in the latter decades of the 19th century. This transition created a demand for factory workers—men, women, and children.

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  24. A Drumming Cadence of Brotherhood


    The rat-a-tat-tat of the snare drum, accompanied by the thundering beat of the bass drum, was all Kalamazoo’s Orcutt Post veterans of the Civil War needed when marching in local parades or rousing the men’s spirits at events and annual reunions.

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  25. Kalamazoo's Municipal Election of 1912 - Socialism in One City


    Was it a political April Fools’ trick? That might have been the thinking of Kalamazoo’s political leaders when they awakened on the morning of April 2, 1912, the day after local elections were held.

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  26. Who are the real invaders of Mars?


    As midnight passes on December 31st , a red star rises over the eastern horizon. Each night thereafter, the star rises a few minutes earlier.

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  27. Transmissions from the past - Tintype Photography


    Barely more than a toddler, the young Robert Shimmin used to stand on a stool in a darkroom to watch the magic his father performed with light, lenses, film, and chemicals.

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  28. The Goss and Darling General Store - Buy, Barter, or Sell


    Like Meijer or Target or Walmart, the general store was the “superstore” of the 1840s. General stores served many purposes in frontier towns like Kalamazoo.

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