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Upcoming Events

For more information on the events below see our "Annual Events" page
or call the Museum at (989) 893-5733.

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   New Exhibit Now Open...        
"Creations in Scale:  The Practical Art of Ship Models"
Brig. Gen. Richard D. Demara Gallery
   
This new exhibit will feature several types of ship models from the Museum's collections, many of which have never been on exhibit. These will include be five new ship models from the Patrol Craft Sailors Association collection, and others from the Saginaw River Marine Historical Society's collection.
  

 
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June 13-August  14, 2014
Fantastic Friday Adventures
 
10am - 3pm
Cost:  $1.00/child (Adults/Chaperones free)
Includes free take-home crafts 
 

Join the Bay County Historical Society this summer for visits filled with activities, fun facts, and take-home crafts. Each themed Fantastic Friday will bring new adventures and learning opportunities for kids and their adult chaperones! Our Fantastic Fridays feature hands-on, station-based activities in an open-house style format. Stay for an hour or bring a picnic and stay for the day!

For more information see the flyer at the link below.

Fantastic Friday Adventures

 
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July 25, 2014
Fantastic Friday Adventures
"Building Communities-Block by Block"
10am - 3pm
Cost:  $1.00/child (Adults/Chaperones free)
Includes free take-home crafts 
 
Historical Museum
321 Washington Avenue, Bay City
    

Visit the Historical Museum and learn how our area grew into the community it is today. Journey through our Trails Through Time gallery to learn about important resources and industries that brought people to the area that became Bay County. Hands-on activities and games will focus on landmarks within our community. Kids can use their imagination to create their own town or design a bridge. Also, scheduled throughout the day are free guided tours of City Hall.

For more information see the flyer at the link below.

   

Building Communities: Block by Block

 
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August 1, 2014
Fantastic Friday Adventures
"Gardens through Thyme"
10am - 3pm
Cost:  $1.00/child (Adults/Chaperones free)
Includes free take-home crafts 
 
Trombley/Centre House
901 John F. Kennedy Drive, Bay City
    

The setting for this program will be the historic Trombley/Centre House where visitors will have the opportunity to explore the historic herb garden tended by the Olde Thyme Herb Society and the many gardens in the Veterans Memorial Park area. Learn about early settlers Myra Parsons and the Trombley family and the role herbs played in pioneer life. Children and their adult chaperones will be able to participate in hands-on activities, create take-home crafts, plant their own herbs, play pioneer-era games and explore Trombley-Centre House.

For more information see the flyer at the link below.

 
 

Gardens through Thyme

 
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August 9, 2014
Second Saturday 
"The Sage Branch Public Library "
with Tom Birch
1:00pm 
      

The Sage Library was dedicated to the citizens of West Bay City, Michigan in January 1884, a gift from Henry W. Sage, owner and operator of one of the world’s largest sawmills on the west side of the Saginaw River. Join the Director of the Bay County Library System Tom Birch for a look at the Library’s history as well as services and programs offered today. 

 
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August 15, 2014
Fantastic Friday Adventures
"Ship Models and Maritime Art" 
10am - 3pm
Cost:  $1.00/child (Adults/Chaperones free)
Includes free take-home crafts 
 
Historical Museum
321 Washington Avenue, Bay City 
    

Creations in Scale: The Practical Art of Ship Models is the featured exhibit for this Fantastic Friday. Visitors will be able to view model ships from the collection of the Historical Museum and learn what it takes to create a model masterpiece. Maritime theme art, such as photographs, murals and paintings by maritime artist Howard Freeman Sprague will help the visitor to step back in time and experience our nautical past. Station-based, hands-on activities will allow children to express their creativity by producing their own works of art and poetry as well as create their own ship models. Kids will also have the opportunity to participate in a rain gutter regatta!

For more information see the flyer at the link below.

 

Ship Models and Maritime Art

 

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September 13, 2014
Second Saturday 
"Murder by the Bay "
with Tim Younkman
1:00pm 
      

As a long-time crime reporter with newspapers in Michigan, Mr. Younkman has been researching murders in Bay County from the late 19th century during the lumber boom.  Bay City had its infamous Hell's Half Mile along the waterfront and violence was an everyday problem.  However, murder was not as common and when one occurred, it made news with great public interest.     

 Join him as he looks back at three murder cases from the 1880s and 1890s:  one occurred in Bangor Township off what is now Wilder Road, another happened in a sporting house in Hell's Half Mile, and the third was perpetrated in a residential home on 15th Street, which may be the oldest unsolved murder case in the city's history.