Back in the 1940s, when men headed off to fight in World War II, Chicago Cubs owner Philip Wrigley created something totally new: The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Teams stretched across the Midwest, from Racine, Wis., to Kalamazoo. At its peak, the league brought in almost one million fans per year. It also inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own”, best-known for the now-famous line, "There's no crying in baseball!"


The U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state laws banning “miscegenation” or bi-racial marriage in 1967. Michigan rescinded its own law that banned mixed-race marriage in 1883. The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will present Bi-racial Marriages: Narratives from Kalamazoo Sunday afternoon at 1:30. 

Remembering J.B. Rhodes, the "Patent King" of Kalamazoo

Jan 14, 2016
Credit Tom Dietz

(This story has been updated. Corrections are in italics.)

Kalamazoo has a history full of inventions – stoves, Gibson guitars, and Checker cabs. But you probably don't know the name of the man who may have been Kalamazoo’s most prolific inventor. Over the course of half-a-century, J.B. Rhodes created some major inventions connected with automobiles and railroad cars, as well as a precursor to today's GPS. Kalamazoo historian Tom Dietz will be giving a talk on Rhodes at the Gilmore Car Museum on Sunday.  

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If you drive over a bridge near Holland, Mich., and walk a few hundred feet, you'll wind up face-to-face with a giant, centuries old windmill. So what's the big deal about this one? Well, this structure – the historic DeZwaan – is the only authentic, working Dutch windmill in the United States. It arrived here from the Netherlands in the 1960s, the last windmill to ever leave the country. And today, it is still running.

"SOUTH HAVEN - The Historical Association of South Haven has surpassed its $300,000 lighthouse restoration fundraising goal, the association announced. The nine-month effort brought in $315,000, to be used to restore the city lighthouse on Lake Michigan. The historical association now owns and maintains the lighthouse. (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)