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Andy Robins, WMUK

For nearly 20 years, faculty and students from Western Michigan University have been digging at the site of Fort Saint Joseph in Niles. After 250 years, nothing of the fort is left standing above ground. 


Henry Winter / Temple B'nai Israel

A desire to preserve Reform Judaism in Kalamazoo has kept Temple B’nai Israel going even during times when fewer people attended, and when money was tight. 


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!"


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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 Michigan rescinded its own law that banned mixed-race marriage in 1883.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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