Upcoming Events

For more information on the events below see our "Annual Events" page
or call the Museum at (989) 893-5733.

April 21, 2018 
Michigan Jazz Trail- Big Band Songs from the 40s 
Fundraiser for the River of Time Living History Encampment  
State Theatre 
913 Washington Avenue, Bay City MI  48708
(989) 892-2660 
  Michigan has a rich heritage in the jazz art form and the grassroots beginnings of jazz creates broad appeal, representing the ability of the arts to help people express themselves, find meaning in their lives, and ultimately impact the lives of others. As a performing organization, Michigan Jazz Trail offers the Great Lakes Bay region the chance to experience jazz through performances and school clinics.
 Proceeds from this performance will benefit the River of Time Living History Encampment, which will take place on September 28-30th, 2018. For general and ticket information contact the State Theatre or visit its website


April 25, 2018 
99th Annual Business Meeting
of the Bay County Historical Society
Heritage Room 
The 99th Annual Business meeting is open to all members of the Bay County Historical Society.

April 28, 2018 
Walk Thru Quilt Talk 
with Margaret Rouleau
Studio 23/The Arts Center
901 N. Water Street 
Bay City, MI 
(989) 894-2323
Join AQS certified appraiser Margaret Rouleau for a "walk thru" quilt lecture held in conjunction with "A Sharing of Quilts XIV"


April 28, 2018

Second Saturday

“The History of the Monitor Sugar Company”

With Rob Clark and Alissa Kane


In 1901 the German-American Sugar Company was built in West Bay City in the Salzburg area. Throughout the 20th Century it weathered tough economic climates, changed hands several times and evolved into the Monitor Sugar Company that has become a well-known landmark in the area.  In 2004 Monitor Sugar was joined with Michigan Sugar as a one grower-owned cooperative under the name Michigan Sugar Company. 

Join Rob Clark and Alissa Kane for a look back at the history of the Monitor Sugar Company and its role in the Bay County community.



May 11, 2018 
City Hall Tour
Leaves from the Museum Lobby
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

May 12, 2018 
Second Saturday
"Letters to Tomorrow: The JFK Peace Capsule"
with Ron Bloomfield

In 1965 Bay City residents buried a time capsule in honor of the City’s Centennial Celebration.  After fifty years the JFK Peace Capsule was unearthed and found to be completely compromised by water.  What followed was a several year race to salvage what could be saved and try to piece back together the hopes and dreams that were buried in this “message” to the future.  Many items were damaged beyond recognition, however it was not a total loss. 


Join Ron Bloomfield, collections manager and instructor with the Museum Studies program at Central Michigan University, and former Director/ Chief Historian of the Bay County Historical Society for an inside look at what happened, what was found, and what was ultimately “communicated” to the future.