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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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September 13, 2019
City Hall Tour
11:00am
 
  We will offer a tour of Bay City's historic City Hall, leaving from the Museum lobby at 11am. Cost is $1/ person and the tour is limited to 25 persons. 

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September 14, 2019 
Second Saturday 
"The State Theatre:  Past Present & Future"
with Mike Bacigalupo 
 
1:00pm 
 
Held at:  State Theater
913 Washington Avenue, Bay City 
 

 Second Saturday begins its Fall 2019 season with a presentation on the State TheatreOriginally constructed in 1908, the theater was first known as the Bijou, and featured a full stage and 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 CEO Mike Bacigalupo at the State Theatre as he shares the story and plans for the future of this historic structure,  and the renovation project that earned Michigan’s 2006 State  History Awards for Restoration and Preservation. There is no admission charge. NOTE: the Museum will be closed on this date.

 

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September 21, 2019
 "Hell's Half Mile" Walking Tour
with Sam Fitzpatrick
 
Tour #1:     1:00-2:00pm
  Tour #2:    3:00-4:00pm 
 
Tours leave from the Museum lobby 
*Rain or Shine* 
                      
Cost:  $10/adult   $5/children 12 and under 
 
  In the late 1800s at the end of the lumbering season, as many as 5000 lumberjacks ("shanty boys") would collect their hard-earned pay and head for a six-block strip along Bay City's waterfront called "Hell's Half Mile." There they would find a variety of gambling houses, theaters, raucous saloon and brothels, as well as tunnels and catacombs under the city streets--perfect for passage, brawls or maybe even to drag a body out for disposal.
  Join Sam Fitzpatrick for a walking tour down Water Street and the surrounding area, as he shares the history of this notorious district and stories of persons who gave Hell's Half Mile its fame.

 NOTE: The tours will include historical references containing graphic violence and adult subject matter. Discretion is recommended for those taking part in the tour, particularly if children are to be present. Parking is available in the lot behind the Museum on Saginaw Street.

 


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October 11, 2019
City Hall Tour
11:00am
 
  We will offer a tour of Bay City's historic City Hall, leaving from the Museum lobby at 11am. Cost is $1/ person and the tour is limited to 25 persons.

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October 12, 2019 
Second Saturday 

"Jackie Robinson & the Bay City Lawyer Who Saved His Baseball Career Before It Started"

with Keith Birchler & Robert Sarow
 
1:00pm
   
   While serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during WWII, the future baseball star and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson was court martialed for insubordination. This followed an incident in which Robinson resisted Texas' Jim Crow law and refused an order from a civilian bus driver to go to the back of the bus. Lost in history is the fact that he would likely have been convicted except for excellent defense he received from a young officer and lawyer from Bay City, Michigan. While Robinson's court martial and acquittal is well-known, the identity of his lawyer was lost to history. This is the story of that young lawyer from Bay City, and his part in making Jackie Robinson's future possible.

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October 12, 2019
Trombley House Reunion
at Trombley/Centre House
901 John F. Kennedy Drive, Bay City
 
2:00pm - 6:00pm 
 
 The public is invited to join Trombley family and friends of Trombley/Centre House for a special reunion at the historic house. The event is sponsored by the Trombley House Committee and will feature light refreshments, vintage memorabilia, genealogical information about the Trombley family. Enjoy fellowship among friends, fans and family who are interested in Bay City's historic past!
  There is no admission charge but donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds will go towards the maintenance of Trombley House. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling the Museum at (989) 893-5733.