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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 1-3, 2018 

Museum Closed

The Historical Museum will be closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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 September 8, 2018 

Second Saturday

"The Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival"

with Alan LaFave

1:00pm

 

   Now in its 12th year the Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival brings scores of independent films, filmmakers, actors and bands from all over the country to downtown Bay City. This popular event brings attendees not only from our local area but from all over Michigan and beyond.

    Join founder and Director Alan LaFave as he presents the history of the event and what to expect at this year’s Festival.

 
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September 14, 2018  
City Hall Tour

Leaves from the Museum Lobby

11:00am

 

The Historical Museum offers guided tours of Bay City’s City Hall on the second Friday of each month. Cost is $1.00 per person, and space is limited to the first 20 persons.

 
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October 11, 2018  
City Hall Tour

Leaves from the Museum Lobby

11:00am

 

The Historical Museum offers guided tours of Bay City’s City Hall on the second Friday of each month. Cost is $1.00 per person, and space is limited to the first 20 persons.

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 October 13, 2018 

Second Saturday

"History Etched in Stone: The Story of Pine Ridge Cemetery"

with Chelsea Berg

1:00pm

 

   Bay City’s oldest cemetery was established in 1858 by Judge James Birney III, and was the first cemetery to officially document burials. In the years that followed the cemetery became abandoned, and at different times was operated by several organizations and individuals. Today groups like "Friends of Pine Ridge Cemetery" and many dedicated volunteers work to maintain and restore this historic resting place.

  Join Chelsea Berg for a look back at the history of the cemetery and restoration efforts; copies of her book "Abandoned but Not Forgotten:  History Etched in Stone" will be available at the presentation for sale and signing by the author.

 

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November 9, 2018  
City Hall Tour

Leaves from the Museum Lobby

11:00am

 

The Historical Museum offers guided tours of Bay City’s City Hall on the second Friday of each month. Cost is $1.00 per person, and space is limited to the first 20 persons

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November 10, 2018 

Second Saturday

"The Story of Herman Hiss & Company Jewelers"

with Tom Tabor

1:00pm

 

  In 1867 Herman Hiss opened a jewelry store on the corner of Water and Center Streets in Bay City, at the site of the former Mill End building. His son Florian began working in the store at the age of 8, and in 1910, Herman and Florian moved the growing business to the W.R. Knepp building on Washington Avenue. Later in the early months of 1929, Florian began construction of the current store across the street at 905 Washington Avenue, which had become the “Main Street” of the town’s business district.

  The tradition has continued through the years to today as Florian’s daughter Sally and her husband Thomas Tabor, along with their children--and now grandchildren--manage the family-owned store.

  Join the great-grandson of the founder as he shares memories and the history of this well-known business operating over 150 years in downtown Bay City.

 

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 December 8 & 5, 2018 

Breakfast with Santa

9:30am

 

Trombley Centre House

901 John F. Kennedy 

 

Tickets: $10.00/person

 

  Two Saturday mornings in December will be magical for children when they have a chance to sit down to breakfast with Santa himself! Seating is limited for this event, and reservations are required. All children must be accompanied by an adult. (NOTE: Limit of 15 tickets per family)
 

  Tickets must be purchased in advance in the Museum Store, and there are no sales at the door. Sales will begin on November 1st!

 

 

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December 14, 2018  
City Hall Tour

Leaves from the Museum Lobby

11:00am

 

The Historical Museum offers guided tours of Bay City’s City Hall on the second Friday of each month. Cost is $1.00 per person, and space is limited to the first 20 persons