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Local History
6:14 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Art and Memories of World War II exhibit in Battle Creek

Soldiers in southern France on D-Day, June 6, 1944 during World War II.
Credit AP Images

Hear about the exhibit

One of the first things you’ll see as you enter the exhibit is a fallen soldier’s battle cross. It includes a helmet and boots, but no rifle. Exhibit curator and Art Center of Battle Creek executive director Linda Holderbaum says she wanted the display to be about art and personal memories of World War II, not about the violence and weapons of war.

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Local History
9:40 am
Tue January 8, 2013

"Amazing Tales from Southwest Michigan" shares news of the weird

Old newspapers from Kalamazoo
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear the interview with Steve Ellis

Steve Ellis, the publisher and a contributor to Southwest Michigan’s Spark magazine, will read from his collection of about 600 odd and amazing tales from Southwest Michigan Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parchment Community Library.

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Local History
3:18 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

One-room schoolhouse restorers reminisce about class in rural Michigan

The Nottawa Stone School
Credit Nancy Camden

Hear about the Nottawa Stone School

Rural life in a one-room school district was simpler than today. Doors were seldom locked. There is a one-room school in St. Joseph County which has been preserved for students and others to experience that time in American education called the Nottawa Stone School.

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Local History
12:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Haunted tales of Kalamazoo: A brief collection of ghost stories from local experts

The Gibson Guitar Factory in 1984
Credit Kalamazoo Public Library

Hear a few Kalamazoo ghost stories

Friday night at 6 p.m., the Kalamazoo Jaycees will take residents on a ghost tour through downtown Kalamazoo. Although the tour is mostly historical, it reminds us of just how many haunted tales the city holds. 

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Local History
1:13 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Liberty Hyde Bailey: The famous Michigander you might not know about

Horticulture is defined as the science or art of growing fruit, vegetables, and other plants. Even though horticulture is smaller scale farming than agriculture, it helps feed people around the world. Liberty Hyde Bailey, considered the Father of Horticulture, was born in South Haven, Michigan. 

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