Public Programs

 

LIVING HISTORY SERIES

Nationally known actor Terry Lunch specializes in historical portrayal to meet the needs of the young at heart who are never too old to learn something new about history’s most interesting, inspirational figures. His one-man interactive presentations give audiences a new, first-person perspective on the people and events that make up our history and culture. Join us for an entertaining evening of history brought to life!

September 11, 2019     6:30 pm      Hysteria in Salem: Magistrate John Hathorne

Magistrate John Hathorne recounts the hysteria, paranoia, and resulting trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts.

December 4, 2019     6:30 pm     A Tale with A Twist: Charles Dickens

This Living History Series is free with a suggested donation of $5.00.

 

POW Camps in Southwest Michigan

Friday, August 18, 2019 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

During World War II, Michigan became a temporary home to six thousand German and Italian POWs. At a time of home front labor shortages, they picked fruit in Berrien County, harvested sugar beets in the Thumb, cut pulpwood in the Upper Peninsula and maintained parks and other public spaces in Detroit. The work programs were not flawless and not all of the prisoners were cooperative, but many of the men established enduring friendships with their captors. Author Gregory Sumner tells the story of these detainees and the ordinary Americans who embodied our highest ideals, even amid a global war. Please join us and learn about this little known, yet fascinating element of Michigan’s history.

In collaboration with the Area Agency on Aging.

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5.00

For Each and All: America’s Constitution and the Antislavery Movement

Today most scholars agree that before the Civil War, the United States Constitution allowed, and perhaps even protected slavery. The majority in antebellum America, both North and South, also held this view. Yet a vocal minority believed that the Constitution was a charter for political actions against slavery. Frederick Douglass came to this conviction, and later, Martin Luther King, Jr. worked from the same tradition. Lesser known abolitionists before the Civil War – some from Michigan – laid the foundation for this interpretation. Essential to this movement was an answer to the question: who is meant by “We the People?” How are the agency, participation, and the voices of each and all necessary for creating a republic set in motion by our founders? Reverend Dr. Christopher Momany, author of “For Each and All: the Moral Witness of Asa Mahan,” and a graduate of Adrian College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Drew University, brings this fascinating and often overlooked story to life and points to its relevance for our time.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019  6:30 pm. to 7:30 pm.

Admission is free with a suggested $5.00 donation.