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!

Check out
Kalamazoo Valley Museum on the Air
on Public Media Network on channels 191
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
11 a.m, 3 p.m., and 8 p.m.

  • Image of Keith Thompson, Chief Meteorologist at WWMT
    Wild Weather of West Michigan with Keith Thompson of WWMT
    September 13, 2015
    1:30 p.m.
    Join Keith as he answers questions about some of the wild weather wonders we experience here in West Michigan.

  • Image of horse and wagon in front of buildings. Written on the image is building good roads at Richland.
    Townships of Kalamazoo County: Richland Township
    September 27, 2015
    1:30 p.m.
    Curator Emeritus Tom Dietz continues the exploration of the early history of the townships of Kalamazoo County. The earliest settlers, who were led by Isaac Barnes, were attracted by the rich land-- that is, soil-- of Gull Prairie. In the 19th century, several towns developed, including Gull Corners, later known as Richland, which prospered, as well as Geloster, Millport, Phoenix, and Bridgewater, which did not fare as well. Curator Tom Dietz explores these topics as well as some of the colorful political characters in the township’s history and the one-time resorts that were located on the western shore of Gull Lake.

  • NASA satellite image of the State of Michigan and eastern Ontario, Canada.
    Geology of Southwest Michigan with Dr. Deborah Coates
    October 11, 2015
    1:30 p.m.
    Here’s an opportunity to visit and understand one of our planet's most extraordinary geologic landscapes: Southwest Michigan!

  • Headline from an old newspaper saying Horace S. Davis was shot dead by a burglar in his home at 3:35 in the morning.
    Murders Most Foul

    October 25, 2015
    1:30 p.m.
    This program will be an updated version of earlier programs that looked at some of the more notorious murders in the history of Kalamazoo in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Picture of Jakob Nalley at a microscope.
    Tapping into Brewery Wastewater to Generate Biofuels, with Jakob Nalley, researcher and MSU PhD candidate
    November 8, 2015
    1:30 p.m.
    Alternative and sustainable energy sources are becoming increasingly more important in our society. One emerging, and highly promising, option is biofuels derived from fast growing, highly productive algae. However, its commercialization faces a main hurdle in meeting its high demand for fertilizers. Coupling algal biofuel production with nutrient-rich wastewater from breweries just might be the answer. Can we brew our beer and generate biofuels too?

  • Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, screening and Q&A with Audrey Geyer, producer, and Jason Wesaw, Potawatomi artist
    November 22, 2015
    1:30 p.m.
    The stories shared in this documentary reflect an American history fraught with the systematic destruction of a people. Yet there is resilience and a profound remembering and healing taking place today, which will also benefit the next seven generations, an Iroquois concept of generational sustainability. This exciting and compelling one-hour documentary DVD invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the U.S. Midwest.

  • Forensic Science with Kathy Mirakovits
    December 13, 2015
    1:30 p.m.