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Local History
9:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Bissell Sweepers company claims first female CEO in America

A 1909 ad for Bissell Sweepers

Years ago, the only way to clean carpets was to sweep them off with a broom and to hang them on a line and use a wire carpet beater, to beat the dust out. The next development was a carpet sweeper.

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Local History
1:47 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Trading cards to help save Portage historic sites

The grain elevator in Celery Flats
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

When we think of trading cards, our minds might automatically go to things like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh. But for the City of Portage’s 50th anniversary, the Portage Historic District Commission is launching a very different set of cards.

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Local History
5:10 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

See what the holidays were like in the Victorian age

The Kimball House Museum in Battle Creek
Credit Nancy Camden

The Kimball House Museum in Battle Creek is a Queen Ann style house built in 1886 on what was once called Maple Street. It’s now Capitol Avenue, NE. At that point, it was the fanciest street in town.

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Local Music & History
11:32 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Barbershop chorus seeks young talent

The Mall City Harmonizers in 1961
Credit Mall City Harmonizers

The Mall City Harmonizers, Kalamazoo’s barbershop chorus, recently celebrated the 75th birthday of the international Barbershop Harmony society.

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Local History
10:56 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Barber chairs and falcons: Hidden Kalamazoo tours the bank building

A peregrine falcon nesting on the ledge of the American National Bank Building
Aaron Fishell

Update: The 2014 tour will take place June 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

In downtown Kalamazoo, you can walk into one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city—the American National Bank Building. Anyone can view the first few floors, but to get all the way up to the top you’ll have to go on the Hidden Kalamazoo tour this weekend. 

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