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EVENTS

Please check with the hosting organization about the events listed below to confirm whether the events are cancelled or not.

Monday, March 23, 2020 | From the Vine to the Glass: The History of Southwest Michigan Wine-making | New Buffalo

The Region of Three Oaks Museum presents “From the Vine to the Glass: The History of Southwest Michigan Wine-making.” Wine expert Rick Cooper and Region of Three Oaks Museum board member Nick Bogert will recount the checkered history of wine-making in the area using old photos and videos. Arson fires, religious cults, even Nazi POWs assisted with the grapes—it’s all part of the story! The time for this event is 6 p.m., and it takes place at the New Buffalo Library, 33 N Thompson Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (73) 991-6239 or visit www.regionofthreeoaksmuseum.com/events.


Monday, March 23, 2020 | Paint a Slate | Union City

The Union City Historical Society presents “Paint a Slate.” Union City Society for Historical Preservation (UCSHP) is hosting a Paint a Slate event. All supplies are taken care of and attendees just need to make a payment to reserve a space. Light refreshments will be provided to guests.

The teacher is a certified art instructor and proceeds go to the UCSHP. The time for this event is 6-8 p.m., and it takes place at All Things Serenity Yoga and Event Center. The cost is $20 per person and can be paid online or by check. For more information, call (269) 251-0534 or visit www.facebook.com/events/192021751863526.


Friday, April 17, 2020 | Fred Warren’s Amazing Calculating Engine | Three Oaks

The The Region of Three Oaks Museum presents “Fred Warren’s Amazing Calculating Engine.” Fred Warren invented an extraordinarily advanced “Calculating Engine” as he lay on his death bed in Three Oaks in 1875. His brother Edward, later to become a tycoon after inventing a substance called “Featherbone”, tried to market Fred’s invention, but potential partners as diverse as P. T. Barnum and the Studebaker brothers turned him down.

Notre Dame Computer Science Professor Jay Brockman and the museum’s Nick Bogert show and tell the story of the Calculating Engine, which is on display in Three Oaks for the first time since the 1950s. The time for this event is 6 p.m., and it takes place at Three Oaks Township Hall, 8 W. Linden St. The cost is $5 for museum members, $15 for non-members. For more information, call (773) 991-6239 or visit www.regionofthreeoaksmuseum.com.


Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, 2020 | Spring Into the Past | Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm Counties

The Tri-River Historical Museum Network presents “Spring Into the Past.” The theme of this year’s annual event is “Celebrating Women’s Right to Vote: 1920-2020.” During this special weekend, member museums in Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties are open the same days and hours. With 32 different spots to visit, there is something for everyone!

Visit commoncorners.com to download a booklet of information about participating museums and view a map to plan this year’s tour. The time for this event is on Saturday from 11 a.m. –5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon -5 p.m., and it takes place at member museums in Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent, and Montcalm counties. All museums are free but donations are appreciated. For more information, call (616) 868-6424 or (616) 485-3404 or visit commoncorners.com.


Saturday, June 6, 2020 | Cemetery Tombstone Preservation Workshop | Union City

The The Union City Society for Historic Preservation presents “Cemetery Tombstone Preservation Workshop.” We will be teaching the six basic repairs and techniques in cemetery conservation. We only teach do no harm methods in tombstone preservation. The six methods taught will be cleaning, using D2 and Orvus, leveling and raising stones, epoxy work, mortar and infill, multi level resets, and creating a slotted base.  

All materials are provided. This is a hands-on workshop and participation is encouraged. The time for this event is 9 a.m. -5 p.m. RSVP is required by June 4 to accommodate attendees., and it takes place at Riverside Cemetery—GPS 42.07342-85.13517. The cost is $35 fee payable at time of registration. Please make checks payable to UCSHP and mail to 210 Charlotte Street, Union City, MI, 49094. Saturday, June 13, will serve as a make-up day if raining. For more information, call (269) 251-0534 or visit www.facebook.com/ucshp.

 

EXHIBITS

February 2020 – Sunday, May 31, 2020 | Miffy Comes to the Zeeland Historical Museum | Zeeland

The Dekker Huis, Zeeland Historical Museum presents “Miffy Comes to the Zeeland Historical Museum.” Come in and explore Miffy’s world! The exhibit features the beloved Dutch rabbit, Miffy, the creation of Dutch author and illustrator Dick Bruna. Interactive components encourage participation, learning, and play. You can have a tea party with Miffy, put bandages on sick Miffy, play with blocks and puzzles, dress up like Queen Miffy, read Miffy stories, and more! Adults can enjoy learning about how Bruna’s designs tie in to the greater story of the Dutch art movement, De Stijl, and just why this little bunny is so popular. The time for this event is during regular hours, and it takes place at the Dekker Huis, Zeeland Historical Museum, 37 E Main Avenue. The cost is free, donations accepted. For more information, call (616) 772-4079 or visit www.zeelandhistory.org.

 

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