Second Saturday


  A series of presentations by local historians held at the Historical Museum of Bay County on the second Saturday of each month from January-November.  Past topics have ranged from railroads to shipwrecks, coal mining to baseball... first person interpretations to virtual tours.  Second Saturday begins its 12th year in 2018!
Programs begin at 1pm
and are FREE to the public
 Programs last about one hour.  Light refreshments are provided.  For more information call the Museum at (989) 893-5733.

February 9, 2019
"Bay City's 'Fake Zombies' Rock & Roll Scandal"
 with Gary Johnson & Daniel Rolston

In 1969, unbeknownst to music fans and concert promoters, a Bay City company started putting fake bands on tour throughout the United States and Canada impersonating The Zombies, The Animals, and The Archies – groups that were no longer touring but had recorded major hits on the Billboard Hot 100. 

  The ruse was exposed in a frontpage story in Rolling Stone magazine on May 28, 1970; the only time that Bay City would be so featured in the renowned music publication. By that time, Delta Promotions had employed two different fake Zombies bands. One was made up from the remnants of a popular band from Marquette, Michigan, that had played in teen clubs across the state including Daniel’s Den in Saginaw, the Blue Light in Midland, and Band Canyon in Bay City. The second of the fake Zombies groups included members originally from Texas. Two of the musicians from this lineup would go on to form a new band that became world famous, sell over 50 million albums, and later be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 Join BCHS board member Gary Johnson and special guest, author Daniel Ralston, to learn more about this fascinating chapter of Bay City’s rock and roll history.



 Second Saturday 2019  

Presentation Schedule Preview

All presentations will be held at the Museum

January 12:  The Final Voyage of the Edward E. Skeele (Ric Mixter)

February 9:  Bay City’s ‘Fake Zombies” Rock and Roll Scandal (Gary Johnson)

March 9:   History + Community= Art (Michael Mosher)

April 13:  History of Trombley/Centre House (Sue Vandenbrooks) 

May 11: The 100th Birthday of the Bay County Historical Society (Corrine Bloomfield)


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2016-2017 Programs:
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2018 Programs

1-13-18:    The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigations with Ric Mixter 

2-10-18:   Bangor Township: Past, Present & Future with Glenn Rowley 

3-10-18:   Broadcast is unavailable

4-14-18:   History of Michigan Sugar Company with Rob Clark and Alissa Kane

5-12-18:   Letters to Tomorrow: The John F. Kennedy Peace Capsule with Ron Bloomfield

6-9-18:   History of the Boys & Girls Club of the Great Lakes Bay Region with Ginger Drzewicki, Jerry Gomez & Ray Garcia

7-14-18:  River of Time Living History Encampment with Jan Rau

*No presentation in August* 

9-8-18: The Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival with Alan Lafave 

10-13-18:  Abandoned but Not Forgotten: The Story of Pine Ridge Cemetery with Chelsea Berg

11-10-18:  The Story of Herman Hiss & Company with Thomas Tabor