Join us for science and history programs on second and fourth Sundays at 1:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). All programs are free.
The K-Wings in the International Hockey League
January 27, 2019
Stephen Doherty spent 23 years in management with the Kalamazoo Wings/Michigan K-Wings of the International Hockey League and the United Hockey League. His presentation will focus on the history of the K-Wings during the period in which they played in the International Hockey League, from 1974 to 2000. This includes their early affiliation with the Detroit Red Wings, two Turner Cup Championships, and the invention of the “Green Ice Game,” which came from Doherty himself.
Doherty is currently Director of Development at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Executive Director of the KVCC Foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree from Nathaniel Hawthorne College in Antrim, NH, and a master’s degree from Springfield College in Springfield, MA.
- A Change in the Weather
February 10, 2019
Join Keith Thompson, chief meteorologist at WWMT, as he discusses the weather and climate changes he’s observed in West Michigan during his illustrious career.
- The Douglass Community Center: Then and Now
February 24, 2019
Douglass Community Association Director Sidney Ellis will take a look back at the history of the organization, its members, and the lasting impact that it has made in the Kalamazoo community.
- Unraveling the Mysteries
March 10, 2019
Whet your astronomical appetite in anticipation of Statewide Astronomy Night (SWAN), coming in April! Dr. Deborah Coates will regale visitors with explanations to some of the mysteries of space. This fun interactive session is suited for all ages.
- Words that Damage the Sisterhood
March 24, 2019
Gain awareness of words that damage the “Sisterhood” of all women by connecting the historical context of language used to describe them. Explore how certain words are oppressive and victimizing, and how society perpetuates their inappropriate use. This presentation will start the discussion on how to change the narrative and uplift women. All are welcome and needed to begin the conversation.
- 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.