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Mark your calendars for these exciting programs.
All programs begin at 6:00 p.m. 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 of Battle Creek. 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.
Tuesday, June 5
Visiting author Blaine Pardoe returns to present a program on his new book, “Secret Witness,” which outlines new evidence about the August 1967 unsolved crime which destroyed the Tasty Café in Marshall and killed Nola Puyear.
Presented by Blaine Pardoe
6:00 p.m. $5/$3 student, Historical Society members
Thursday, June 7
Jereon Dewulf, Director of Dutch Studies at University of California, Berkeley, will present a program on “How Dutch was Sojourner Truth?” Truth was born in a Dutch-speaking area of New York state and originally spoke only Dutch when she was a young girl. Dewulf will explore how these roots shaped her later life and career.
Monday, June 18
6:00 p.m.Masonic Temple, 133 E. Michigan Avenue (next to City Hall),
The historic Masonic Temple has recently been restored and updated to be accessible. We will meet here to hear about the history of the Masons, the Temple and the restoration project. We will also tour the 1914 building designed by Grand Rapids architects, Osgood and Osgood.
Monday, July 9
In the early years of the 20th century, many in Battle Creek were fascinated by the emerging science, and art, of aviation. Liz Neumeyer will tell the stories of a group of intrepid young men who built and flew their own planes and went on to become pioneers in the new industry.
Monday, July 23
Local historian Martin Ashley will trace the story of Barnes Park, an early auto tourist camp in the days when only the bravest motorists attempted long distance travel, faced with bad roads and uncertain overnight accommodations. The park was located at Raymond Road and Michigan Avenue on the east side of town.
Monday, August 13
Mary Butler will tell the fascinating, and sometimes amusing, story of Battle Creek’s “Cereal Boom” to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit on cereal history in the Kimball House carriage house. Between 1902 and 1906 more than 40 cereal companies flourished in Battle Creek, producing more than 100 different grain-based products – some of which were even edible.
To make reservations or additional information on any of the above events please contact the Heritage Battle Creek office at 269-965-2613 or