Public Events

Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, Michigan. Unless otherwise noted, public programs are free but a donation of $5 to the Heritage Museum is suggested.


Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm

On the Wild Side of Midwestern Archaeology presentation with Dr. Larry Zimmerman
This lighthearted, heavily illustrated presentation and discussion examines fantastic claims about the distant past from right here in the Midwest—including Michigan—where we are no strangers to tales of crop circles, ancient alien interventions, bigfoot and other cryptozoids, Atlantis, and assorted transoceanic explorations by foreigners who visited well before Columbus. Such ideas are fun to think about, but how well do they hold up under the scrutiny of archaeology and critical thinking, and is there even a possibility that some of them might be dangerous? Dr. Zimmerman is Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Generously sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott St. Joseph – Stevensville.





Thursday, August 10, 6:30pm

Wheels for the World: Michigan’s Early Automotive History presentation with Matt Anderson
This talk 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, and former Curator at the Heritage Museum.

  Generously sponsored by Signature Automotive Group of Benton Harbor.


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