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!
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.
Wild Weather of West Michigan with Keith Thompson of WWMT
September 13, 2015
Join Keith as he answers questions about some of the wild weather wonders we experience here in West Michigan.
Townships of Kalamazoo County: Richland Township
September 27, 2015
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.
Geology of Southwest Michigan with Dr. Deborah Coates
October 11, 2015
Here’s an opportunity to visit and understand one of our planet's most extraordinary geologic landscapes: Southwest Michigan!
Murders Most Foul
October 25, 2015
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.
Tapping into Brewery Wastewater to Generate Biofuels, with Jakob Nalley, researcher and MSU PhD candidate
November 8, 2015
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
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