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Heritage Battle Creek Programs
Summer 2014

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Mark your calendars for these exciting programs.

All programs are held at Kimball House Museum, 196 Capital Avenue NE, unless otherwise noted. Admission is $5.00 per person, $3.00 for members of the Historical Society.  No advance reservations are required and memberships are available at the door.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets. 

For more information, call (269) 966-4157.

Monday, April 14, 6:00 p.m.          Thornton Book Signing
Images of Modern America:  Battle Creek is the fourth pictorial book historian Kurt Thornton has written about our city. The recently published volume features images from the 1960s to the present, drawn from his personal collection and the Community Archives of Heritage Battle Creek.  After his presentation, Thornton will autograph copies of the book, which will be available for purchase.
Sunday, May 4, 2:00 p.m.           The Vicksburg Quilt Trail
The quilt trail movement began in Ohio in 2001 and has spread country-wide.  One of the newest trails, featuring designs painted on more than twenty historic buildings and barns, winds through Vicksburg and the surrounding countryside.  Katherine Rinehart will bring pictures of these quilt designs and a driving tour brochure for those who want to follow the trail themselves.
Sunday, May 18, 2:00 p.m.        The Italian-American Club
John Serva will share entertaining anecdotes about the Club and its members, beginning in the mid-1920s, when the Club was founded to celebrate Italian culture and promote friendship among area Italian-Americans.  Serva will bring pictures and materials from the Club’s archives to share.
Mon., June 9, 6:00 p.m.     World War I Ambulance Corps  
Liz Neumeyer will trace the history of Dr. James Case of the Sanitarium, who organized a Red Cross Ambulance Corps to serve in France during World War I. In June 1917, 120 local men left for Allentown, Pennsylvania for medical training and eventual service abroad.  Dr. Case became a Consulting Surgeon and head of all x-ray treatments for the Allied Expeditionary Force.     

Monday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m.           Judge Mary Coleman
Mary Coleman was the first woman to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court and the first woman elected as Chief Justice of the state’s highest court.  During her extensive legal career Judge Coleman was especially interested in issues of juvenile justice.  Kathy Shaw will talk about Coleman’s professional life as well as her personal interest in several area civic and dramatic groups.
Sunday, July 13, 2:00 p.m.           Joe Schwarz, CIA Agent
First Presbyterian Church: 111 Capital Ave. NE
We know Joe Schwarz as a respected doctor, local and national politician and a Vietnam veteran, but few know he also was also a CIA agent as a young man.  For three years in the late 1960s, Schwarz served in Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam.  Now, nearly fifty years later, he can finally talk about his clandestine activities in southeast Asia, and the famous (and infamous) people he met. 

Sunday., Aug. 3, 2:00p.m.        Treasures from the Archives
Community Archives, Fieldstone Center, 165 N Washington
Diaries, photographs, maps, account books, original patent papers, letters, newspapers, reminiscences of pioneer days, school books, all tracing Battle Creek’s history from its founding in the 1830s through the present era, are part of the Heritage Battle Creek Community Archives.  At this unique event the closed stacks of the archives will be open and the historical treasures displayed for your viewing.

 To make reservations or additional information on any of the above events please contact the Heritage Battle Creek office at 269-965-2613 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it