The Sunday Series in the Mary Jane Stryker Theater will go on hiatus for the summer. We'll start again in September, with topics ranging from architecture to music, the environment, and, yes, graveyards! Second Sundays are usually devoted to science, while the fourth Sundays remain history-focused. Programs begin at 1:30 pm and are always FREE!
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.
Surveying Michigan with Mark Reed, Planetarium Manager
January 22, 2017
Beginning in 1815, small groups of men traversed the wilds of lower Michigan utilizing a relatively new method of surveying and describing parcels of land. Those early surveys still reference nearly every property description in our state today. KVM staff Mark Reed will tell how a small group of people worked to celebrate the bicentennial of a defining moment in Michigan's history.
Photographing the Night Sky with Eric Schreur, photographer/astronomer
February 12, 2017
Retired planetarian Eric Schreur returns to the KVM to demonstrate the use of digital cameras and accessories to record images of celestial wonders and create time-lapse sequences of astronomical events.
Michigan African American Quilts with Donna Odom, S.H.A.R.E.
February 26, 2017
Donna Odom, Executive Director of Kalamazoo’s Society for History and Racial Equity (SHARE) will speak about one aspect of regional black history in support of the KVM’s special exhibit, “And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations,” highlighting Michigan’s African American quilting traditions.
Science Theater with Michigan State University
March 12, 2017
Michigan State University graduate students will perform feats of amazing science before your very eyes! Their mission is to give children and adults alike an appreciation for science and how it works in our world. With humor and skill, MSU students will demonstrate some aspect of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Earth Science, or Mathematics.
Signs in Michigan with April Bryan, Vicksburg Historical Society Curator
March 26, 2017
April Bryan, curator of the Vicksburg Historical Society, will give a short history of Kalamazoo’s Mulholland Sign Company and KVM’s own neon “One Hour Valet” sign on exhibit. Find out more about the evolution of advertising signs – you’ll hone your historic sign-spotting skills!
Exploring Kalamazoo's Foodways with Elspeth Inglis, Assistant Director for Educational Services
April 9, 2017
Following Kalamazoo’s first Foodways Symposium, this presentation will touch on local history and material culture as it relates to food systems – sourcing, preparing, and serving foods both local and exotic.
A Conversation with Earnest Green, Music Director of Play It Again, Marvin! – a Marvin Hamlisch Celebration
April 23, 2017
Ernest Green is the Artistic Director of Live Arts Maryland and the Music Director of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Annapolis Chorale. He will be the KSO’s guest conductor for the April 28 Marvin Hamlisch Celebration.