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. Tom Dietz, Curator Emeritus, 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.
February 22, 2015
This annual program is a collaboration in which the Friends of Poetry submit poems about some topic in Kalamazoo and Tom Dietz provides some historical commentary on that topic.
Photographing the Night Sky
March 1, 2015
Presented by Planetarium Coordinator Eric Schruer
Planetarium Coordinator Eric Schreur describes equipment and techniques used to photograph and capture time-lapse sequences of the night sky. Example images and time-lapse sequences illustrate what can be photographed with typical equipment in urban and rural settings.
Civil War Quilts
March 15, 2015
Presented by Leslie Goddard
It has been said that during the Civil War, women fought as furiously with their needles as med did with their swords. Dr. Goddard will discuss the aesthetic merit and cultural context of quilts made during the Civil War.
Past Forward: Bringing an Old House into the 21st Century
April 19, 2015
Presented by Sharon Ferraro
Sharon Ferraro, founder of the Old House Network, will give practical advice about how to get your old house up to date and energy efficient AND keep its historic charm!
Archaeological Evidence in Kalamazoo County
May 3, 2015
Presented by Tom Dietz, Curator Emeritus
The earliest settlers of Kalamazoo County were impressed with the mounds, earthworks, and what they called garden beds, all evidence that the County had long been the home of native peoples. This program explores this archaeological evidence, most of which has been lost over time.
Forgotten Experiences of SW MI Soldiers in the Civil War 1861-65
May 17, 2015
Presented by John Urschel
Follow the 6th, 9th, 12th, 19th and 25th Michigan Volunteer Infantries as they fought and toiled in Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Georgia.