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KALAMAZOO (MICH.)-The Kalamazoo Valley Museum offers a popular, free lecture series on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. throughout the year. Curator of Research Tom Dietz and other local experts host the talks.
DECEMBER 8: “Charles B. Hays – Home Builder” is the subject of this talk. 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.
DECEMBER 22: The Townships of Kalamazoo County – Climax Township” is the focus of this lecture. 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.
JANUARY 12: Dietz presents “Speed Demons and Other Scofflaws.” 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.
JANUARY 26: “The Townships of Kalamazoo County – Comstock Township” is the subject of this talk. If Horace Comstock 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.
Admission to the Museum is free. The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees.