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 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
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
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
Monday, June 23 at 6:00 p.m. Judge Mary Coleman
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
Sunday, July 13, 2:00 p.m. Joe
Schwarz, CIA Agent
Location to be announced
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.
Monday, July 28, 6:00 p.m. The Woman’s League
Location to be announced
in 1895, the Woman’s League is the oldest women’s club in Battle Creek.
For more than a century the energetic ladies led charitable, educational
and reform movements locally. The League has recently disbanded and Habitat for
Humanity now occupies their Capital
Avenue clubhouse. League members will discuss their
many projects, including the Noonday Rest, the Visiting Nurse program and a
Milk Bureau for area children.
Mon., Aug. 11, 6:00 p.m. Treasures
from the Archives
Community Archives, Fieldstone Center,
165 N WashingtonDiaries,
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.