For more information on the events below see our "Annual Events"
or call the Museum at (989) 893-5733.
September 13, 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.
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 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
September 21, 2019
Half Mile" Walking Tour
with Sam Fitzpatrick
Tour #1: 1:00-2:00pm
Tour #2: 3:00-4:00pm
Cost: $10/adult $5/children 12 and under
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.
The tours will include historical references containing graphic violence and adult subject matter.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 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.