Sunday Series

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Sunday Series

The Sunday Series in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater begins the new season with Keith Thomson talking about Wild Weather of West Michigan.  Tom Dietz, curator emeritus, will continue his local history talks, and many new guests will present topics as varied as sourcing biofuels from breweries and contemporary Native Americans in Michigan.  Second Sundays will be devoted to science, while the fourth Sundays remain history-focused.  Programs begin at 1:30 pm and are always FREE!

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
11 a.m, 3 p.m., and 8 p.m.

  • Lincoln in Bronson Park with Tom Dietz, curator emeritus.
    January 24, 2016
    Abraham Lincoln made what is now a well-known visit to Kalamazoo in August 1856 to promote the candidacy of John Fremont for President. At the time of his visit, Lincoln was an attorney and an ambitious politician from Illinois, little-known outside his home state. The issue that divided the country in 1856 was slavery but what were Lincoln’s views on the subject of slavery and how the national government should address this controversial issue? Tom Dietz, Curator Emeritus, will discuss the evolution of Lincoln’s ideas on slavery up to 1856 in this talk at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.

  • Bi-racial Marriages: Narratives from Kalamazoo with KVCC faculty and staff.
    February 14, 2016
    On this Valentine’s Day, we’ll look at some history and contemporary lived experiences of bi-racial marriages in the Kalamazoo area.  Some will be personal narratives presented live, some will be recorded and/or narrated by KVCC faculty.   We invite visitors to share their stories with us!

  • Artifactory with Friends of Poetry and Tom Dietz, curator emeritus.
    February 28, 2016
    Kalamazoo writers create and read Museum object- or local history-inspired verses while Tom Dietz describes the history of each poem’s focus.

  • Rain Gardens/Rain Barrels – Conserve Water and Prevent Pollution with Jamie McCarthy, Watershed Coordinator, Kalamazoo River Watershed Council.
    March 13, 2016
    Join us to learn how rain gardens and rain barrels can improve the quality of water found in our community.  Attendees will have the opportunity to win their own rain barrel.

  • Avoiding Climate Chaos: The Threat of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It with Dr. Paul Clements, Political Science; Dr. David Karowe, Biological Sciences; and Dr. Ronald Kramer, Sociology. 
    April 10, 2016
    WMU professors from 3 different disciplines will discuss issues related to climate change and possible solutions.

  • Tasting Kalamazoo History: Favorite Dishes & Recipes from Our Rich Midwestern Heritage with Ellie Carlson. 
    April 24, 2016
    Ellie returns to Kalamazoo, this time dressed in the fashion of 1884, when Kalamazoo became a city.  She’ll serve up tasty, historically authentic foods that Kalamazooans would have prepared for their own households and guests.
  • Invite a Monarch to Lunch – Plant a Milkweed with Ilse Gebhard, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist. 
    May 8, 2016
    Learn about the life cycle of monarch butterflies, their habitat requirements, and their remarkable annual migration to Mexico, as well as the threat to their survival and what we can do to help.  Informative handouts and milkweed seed packets will be available.  Milkweed seedlings may also be available.
  • The Match-e-be-nash-she-wish: Looking Back, Looking Forward with John Shagonaby of the Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi and historian David Brose. 
    May 22, 2016
    Find out what the 1999 federal recognition of the Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (known locally as the Gun Lake Tribe) really means to local tribes and to the region in general.  Some background history will be presented, and discussion will be encouraged!