For more information on the events below see our "Annual Events"
or call the Museum at (989) 893-5733.
February 8, 2019
City Hall Tour
The Museum will offer a guided tour of historic City Hall leaving from the Museum lobby.
February 9, 2019
"Bay City's 'Fake Zombies' Rock and Roll
with Gary Johnson & Daniel Ralston
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.
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.
March 8, 2019
City Hall Tour
The Museum will offer a guided tour
of historic City Hall leaving from the Museum lobby
March 9, 2019
"History + Community=Art"
with Michael Mosher
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.
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!