Join us for science and history programs on second and fourth Sundays at 1:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). All programs are free.
- Most Unusual Products of the Upjohn Company
April 14, 2019
The Upjohn Company started selling products in 1886 during what is called the quack era, where the majority of pharmaceutical products just didn’t work. Even worse, toxic substances such as mercury and arsenic were routinely sold to treat minor health problems. W. E. Upjohn’s major advance was to make drug products that dissolved within the body. However, he did sell many products with active ingredients that are unacceptable today. He also tried non-pharmaceutical products such as candy, mints, and soap, usually with little success. Jeremy Winkworth, Upjohn historian, shares about some of the most unusual products produced and sold by the Upjohn Company from 1886 to 1995.
- From Undercover to OutFront, the story of Kalamazoo's LGBTQ Community
April 28, 2019
For over thirty years, the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center—now called OutFront Kalamazoo—has sought to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied community of southwest Michigan. Director Denise Miller will discuss the organization’s beginnings and future.