Museum staff and guest speakers present a variety of topics in history and science on most Sunday afternoons from September through May. The FREE hour-long programs (1:30-2:30 pm) are offered in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater. Curator Tom Dietz gives insights into local history with ever-evolving new research to keep it lively. Planetarium coordinator and science educator Eric Schreur enlightens the audience about astronomy and other physical sciences. Special guests present unique new topics. Seating is limited!
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Sundays @ 2 p.m.
Tuesdays @ 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays @ 11:30 p.m.
Fridays @ 7 p.m.
Township History from A to W: Comstock
September 7, 2014
If Horace Comstock had had things his way, the Kalamazoo County seat would today be located in the township that bears his name. Tom Dietz will offer a program about Horace and the rich history of the township that bears his name.
Meet David Coverly!
September 21, 2014
The creator of Speed Bump, David Coverly, will undoubtedly provide a few laughs in person on September 21st as he talks to fans old and new on this last day of his Speed Bump exhibit at the KVM. A local bookseller will offer a few of his latest titles. Come for a laugh, buy a book, and get it signed by the author/creator of these award-winning comics!
Voices for Social Justice Panel Discussion
September 21, 2014
In this oral history project, several Kalamazoo residents speak about their work, ideals, hopes, and dreams for a Kalamazoo community that fully embraces social justice. What does an equitable society look like? Find out what a few of your neighbors think, and participate in the conversation!
This project is a joint effort of the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society's Racial Healing Initiative and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. A panel presentation and discussion featuring some of the people interviewed for this project will be held at the Museum on Sunday, October 5 at 1:30. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.
More Murders Most Foul
October 19, 2014
Get ready for Halloween with a look at some of the more intriguing murders in Kalamazoo’s history. From murders involving dog fights to a “half-murdered” man, these stories will prove that Kalamazoo’s sins were indeed scarlet and crimson.
November 2, 2014
Scientists have joined the crowd-sourcing trend in order to gather large amounts of data for a variety of research efforts. Eric Schreur, Kalamazoo Valley Museum's astronomer, will give an overview of citizen science projects related to astronomy. Patrons are encouraged to talk about their own citizen science activity.
Kalamazoo during the Civil War
November 16, 2014
The Civil War raged for more than 4 years, but life in Kalamazoo went on. In this program, Tom Dietz looks at what was happening on the home front during those years, from horse racing and baseball games to Christmas shopping.
Citizen Science: Great Lakes
December 7, 2014
Find out what the Great Lakes Alliance is doing and how you can help collect data for scientific study.
Township Series: Portage
December 21, 2014
Today, Portage is a booming city that encompasses the entire township. Little more than 50 years ago, it was still predominantly rural and agricultural. This program takes a look at Portage Township before it was a city.