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.

September 13, 2014
Second Saturday 
"Murder by the Bay "
with Tim Younkman

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 occurred 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. 

September 27-28, 2014
River of Time Living History Encampment
 Veterans Memorial Park
This annual event held on the banks of the Saginaw River in Veterans Memorial Park draws re-enactors from all over the country to dress, work and live as people did from several eras in Michigan's past.  Representing time periods from pre-contact Native Americans, Revolutionary War, French and Indian War, Civil War, and the great World Wars, this free, family-oriented, educational event is a wonderful way to look back at simpler if not more difficult times. 
For more information and a Schedule of Events please visit the River of Time website at:   www.riveroftime.org. 
NoteThe Historical Museum will be closed on Saturday, September 27th.
See you at River of Time! 

October 11, 2014
Second Saturday 
"The State Theatre "
with Mike Bacigalupo

Originally constructed in 1908, the State Theatre was first known as the Bijou. It featured a full stage and offered a variety of live entertainment in the form of vaudeville and burlesque shows. It would become known as the Orpheum in the 1920s and Bay Theatre in 1930, finally becoming the State Theatre in the 1960s. Join Director Mike Bacigalupo as he shares the story of this historic structure and the renovation project that earned Michigan’s 2006 State  History Awards for Restoration and Preservation.


November 8, 2014
Second Saturday 
"The James Clements Airport "
with the Valley Aero Club

James Clements Airport was dedicated in 1930 to commemorate Bay City pilots who gave their lives in  military service. The Administration Building became part of to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, and houses a collection of photographs of those pilots. Join members of the Valley Aero Club as they present the history of the airport and the Club, a non-profit organization formed in 1954 to support the airport and its revitalization.