Museum staff and guest speakers present a variety of topics in history and science on most Sunday afternoons during the months of 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.
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Public Media Network on channels 99
Sundays @ 2 p.m.
Tuesdays @ 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays @ 11:30 p.m.
Fridays @ 7 p.m.
Charles B. Hays - Home Builder
December 8, 2013
In the late 19th and early 20th century, Charles B. Hays was a major real estate developer in Kalamazoo. He laid out most of the residential development on Kalamazoo's south side as well as plats elsewhere in the city. An avid golfer, he helped develop the city's first golf courses as well. Today, he is relatively unknown. This program explores his contributions to Kalamazoo's growth and development.
The Townships of Kalamazoo County - Climax Township
December 22, 2013
Climax Township was the home of Caleb Eldred, one of the founders of Kalamazoo College, but he was only one of the settlers who would describe the township's large prairies as “the climax of all we've seen.” The many stories and people of Climax Township in the 1800s will be the focus of this program.
Speed Demons and Other Scofflaws
January 12, 2014
Major crimes and vice were not the only criminal aspects of life in Kalamazoo. In this program, we explore some of the petty crimes and misdemeanors that added to the spice of life in the 19th century.
The Townships of Kalamazoo County – Comstock Township
January 26, 2014
If Horace Comstock had had things his way, the Kalamazoo County seat would today be located in the township that bears his name. In this program, we look at the rich history of Comstock Township in the 19th century.
The Townships of Kalamazoo County – Cooper Township
February 9, 2014
Was Cooper Township really named after famed American writer James Fennimore Cooper? Find out about this and more of the township’s 19th century history in this continuing series.
Ptolemaic Egypt: World of the Kalamazoo Valley Museum Mummy
February 16, 2014
Dr. Thomas Landvatter will shed light on the Kalamazoo Valley Museum mummy and other aspects of this period in Egyptian history.
February 23, 2014
The Friends of Poetry collaborate with the Museum in this annual celebration of Kalamazoo life and history.
The Townships of Kalamazoo County – Kalamazoo Township
March 9:, 2014
Kalamazoo Township predates the city of Kalamazoo which today divides the Township into eastern and western sections. Learn more about its early history in this series on Kalamazoo County’s townships.
Public Transit in Kalamazoo
March 23, 2014
Explore the early history of public transit in Kalamazoo and how it affected the city’s development.
The Townships of Kalamazoo County – Oshtemo Township
April 6, 2014
Find out about the early 19th century history of what was then a primarily agricultural township, organized in 1839.
The Full Moon Disappears
April 13, 2014
Get ready to view the total lunar eclipse of April 15th. See a timeline of events during the eclipse, an explanation of how eclipses happen, and information on photographing the eclipse.
Kalamazoo’s Musical Heritage
May 4, 2014
The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival builds on a long musical tradition in Kalamazoo. From Hiram Underwood to Chester Z. Bronson, find out more about Kalamazoo's musical heritage.
The Townships of Kalamazoo County – Pavilion Township
May 18, 2014
Located in south-central Kalamazoo County, Pavilion Township retains much of its 19th century rural character which we will explore in this final Sunday program of the spring.