Family Programs

Upcoming Family Programs

Thursday, August 10, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Free 
“Wheels for the World, Matt Anderson”

This talk by Matt Anderson focuses on the first generation of major Michigan automakers, from the 1890s up to World War II. Anderson discusses why Detroit became the Motor City (as opposed to Cleveland, Indianapolis, or any of a dozen other cities), and looks at some of the larger-than-life personalities that founded the important companies. Matt Anderson is Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, and a former Curator at the Heritage Museum.

This program is generously sponsored by Signature Automotive Group of Benton Harbor and The Inn at Harbor Shores. No admission fee is required, but a suggested donation of $5 supports the mission of the Heritage Museum.




Thursday, September 3, 8am-11am, Price range: Free – $7
“Tri-State Regatta” Open Lighthouse Hours

Come watch one of the most prestigious sailing events in the region, from the best place in town: the St. Joe Northern Pierhead Lighthouse and Gallery! For over 40 years the Tri-State Regatta has attracted hundreds of sailing enthusiasts from all across the country to compete in some impressive inland sea sailing. This annual ‘Labor Day weekend’ sailboat race has three phases spanning three days, forming a triangular course on southern Lake Michigan. On Saturday, racers will set sail from Chicago toward St. Joseph, arriving at SJRYC to complete the first leg of the race. The following day, Sunday, racers will depart St. Joseph for Michigan City in the second phase of the race.  The third and final leg will take place on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5 when teams make their return voyage to Chicago from Michigan City.




Thursday, September 21, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Free
“The Story of Saluto Foods Corporation”

In 1963 Jim and Judy DeLapa started a takeout pizzeria near Benton Harbor High School. In less than a decade the company expanded to become a national frozen pizza brand. Come hear the story from co-founder, Jim DeLapa, and how they achieved the American Dream.





Thursday, October 12, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Free
“James McCloughan & “The Role of the Combat Medic”

Drafted, McCloughan was a 23-year-old private first class and Army Medic who in 1969 found himself in the middle of the raging Battle of Nui Yon Hill. Jim McCloughan voluntarily risked his own life on nine separate occasions to rescue wounded and disoriented comrades, despite his serious wounds from shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade. Suffering wounds from shrapnel and small arms fire on three separate occasions, he refused medical evacuation to stay with his unit, continuing to brave enemy fire to rescue, treat, and defend his company. He is credited with saving 10 members of his company. He was recently awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest honor given to Armed Forces members who distinguish themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty in battle. For more about Jim…



Thursday, November 16, 6:30pm-7:30pm, Free
“The Legend of St. Nicholas”

You’d better watch out!! The Old English Father Christmas tells the stories of St. Nicholas, the protector of children throughout the ages.

Learn about the origins of:

*St. Nicholas characters in various countries
*Popular Christmas symbols
*Worldwide Christmas traditions

This special show for November & December may be customized for kids from ages 1-92, so no important secrets are ever revealed! Companion book also available for $10.00



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