September 13, 2019
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.
September 14, 2019
"The State Theatre:
Past Present & Future"
with Mike Bacigalupo
at: State Theater
Washington Avenue, Bay City
Second Saturday begins its Fall 2019 season with a presentation on the State Theatre. Originally 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
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.
September 21, 2019
Half Mile" Walking Tour
with Sam Fitzpatrick
Tour #1: 1:00-2:00pm
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NOTE: The tours will include historical references containing graphic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.
October 11, 2019
City Hall Tour
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.
October 12, 2019
"Jackie Robinson & the Bay City Lawyer Who Saved His Baseball Career
Before It Started"
with Keith Birchler & Robert Sarow
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.
October 12, 2019
John F. Kennedy Drive, Bay City
2:00pm - 6:00pm
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
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.