Virtual Exhibits

Welcome to the Historical Museum's virtual exhibits! The visual platform allows visitors to explore topics and Museum exhibits relating to Bay County and its history from your desktop or smart phone. Additional exhibits will continue to be added. To open, click on the photo with each exhibit.

blackhistory.jpgBay County, Michigan's Black History
The Bay County Historical Museum is proud to release our latest virtual exhibit in honor of Black history. This exhibit will showcase the Black community throughout Bay County’s past and present. It is an ongoing exhibit and will be updated continuously, as new information becomes available. If any of our Black community members have anything they would like to contribute, please contact the museum.
View the Exhibits:


Trailthroughtime.jpgThe 1914 Ambulance 

The 2nd Michigan Ambulance Company was formed in 1904. By 1910, it was stationed at 321 Washington Ave., Bay City, (the current home of the Bay County Historical Society), which served as the Bay City National Guard Armory till 1986. In those early years, the Bay City troops trained in the summers at Camp Grayling. Five ambulances of this type were used by the company, along with a few motorcycles and 12 mule-drawn ambulances.

View the exhibit: THE 1914 AMBULANCE




Staudacher.jpgLes Staudacher
Based in Kawkawlin, Les Staudacher was an internationally known thunderboat builder with a need for speed on the water. This virtual exhibit will showcase photos, videos, and informative texts about Staudacher and his thunderboats.
View the exhibit: LES STAUDACHER


Chanticleer.jpgThe Chanticleer

Hull #404, the M/V Chanticleer, registration number 251878, was the first of six Defoe “Cruisemaster” class yachts launched in 1947 and 1948. This class is an updated version of the Harry J. Defoe designed Blue Boat built in 1938.
View the exhibit: THE CHANTICLEER


Bay County Map Project

BayCountyMapProject.jpgCome check out our new map that uses Google Earth technology and features photographs from our collection!   Feel free to use a smartphone, laptop, or PC to access it.  If using a smartphone, for best results we recommend that you download the free Google Earth app on your phone, available in your phone’s app store.  Once you click the link you can press “Present” and the tour will start.  You will need to manually click through on the device you use with the arrows provided on the lower portion of the screen.  With each slide you get a photograph from our collection juxtaposed with a modern view of its location.

 There will also be an info box with additional information from our location newspapers. If using a laptop or computer, the info box will be located to the right hand side of your screen.  For smartphones, you will see the photograph at the bottom of the page; use your finger to slide the photograph upward and the info box will appear. This project will be regularly updating with additional locations—please stay tuned!


Bay County Tea Culture

TeaExhibit.jpgAn overview of Bay County's tea culture from the Victorian Era to Post World War II.


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