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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.
 

February 8, 2019

City Hall Tour

11:00am

$1.00/person

 

 The Museum will offer a guided tour of historic City Hall leaving from the Museum lobby.

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February 9, 2019 

Second Saturday

"Bay City's 'Fake Zombies' Rock and Roll Scandal"

with Gary Johnson & Daniel Ralston

1:00pm 

 

 

  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 including “Time Of The Season”, “House Of The Rising Sun”, and “Sugar, Sugar”.

  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.

 

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March 8, 2019

City Hall Tour

11:00am

$1.00/person

 

 The Museum will offer a guided tour of historic City Hall leaving from the Museum lobby

 

GoldLine.jpg

March 9, 2019 

Second Saturday

"History + Community=Art"

with Michael Mosher

1:00pm

 

 

  Perhaps the most successful community mural project by Mike Mosher’s Art 433 Community Murals class is in downtown Bay City, memorable moments from the city's history now on the Bayshire Building on Saginaw Street (corner 4th Street).

   Students in the Winter 2018 class worked with the Downtown Management Board, Studio 23 and local history expert Eric Jylha to select imagery for ten shaped acrylics on plywood panels depicting local types, personages and events from our 19th & 20th century.  Civil War soldiers, fire rescue and fireworks, local athletes and eccentrics, lumber industries, and rock music associated with the city are all honored in creative contemporary interpretations.  Bay City’s prodigal daughter Madonna is depicted in one panel leading the Tall Ships.

  On Saturday March 9, Mosher, Professor, Art/Communication Multimedia at SVSU, will use this mural to discuss history motifs in his own projects, like “The Mission Reds at Woodward’s Gardens” and “San Francisco’s Music” at its Laguna Honda Hospital.  He will discuss what makes an effective community mural, and the difference between big paintings, public art, community art, graffiti and street art.  Mike developed a methodical technique for organizations to work with an outside artist when he was employed by the San Francisco Art Commission, a process which has been adapted to about two dozen projects SVSU students and youth have completed in Saginaw and Bay City since 2002. NOTE: The presentation will take place at the Museum