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Recent and Upcoming Programs
 
Our Adult Lecture series at the Baldwin Public Library is back! Register for each talk is required and can be done from the Library's events calendar.

Polly Utter's grave markerOctober 14, 2021    7pm     The 1825 Utter Murders, Revisited (Commander Scott Grewe and Leslie Pielack)
In the dusk of April 4, 1825 along the Saginaw Trail, a local man went on a violent rampage with an ax, killing two people and a horse before he was stopped. What led up to this horrific event? How did this tragedy affect the community? Join Commander Scott Grewe of the Birmingham Police Department and Leslie Pielack of the Birmingham Museum in a re-examination of this crime in the wilderness of early Birmingham. Now on video at our YouTube Channel!

Chief OkemosNovember 4, 2021  7pm      The Saginaw Trail and Oakland County’s Indigenous People (Leslie Pielack)
The indigenous people of Michigan faced catastrophic loss with the incoming white settlement after the War of 1812, but this tragic history is rarely covered in school. Why did the Michigan tribes sell their land? How did they deal with settlers in Oakland County? What happened to Michigan’s indigenous people in the latter 19th century? Join Leslie Pielack, author of The Saginaw Trail: From Native American Path to Woodward Avenue, for a discussion of the major events affecting local Native people, and their relationship with settlers along the Saginaw Trail. Now on video at our YouTube Channel!

Winter Scene with log cabinDecember 2, 2021  7pm      Christmas in Early Birmingham (Donna Casaceli)
Celebration of the Christmas season has changed in Birmingham throughout the years. Learn how early Birmingham celebrated the holidays as we explore these early traditions and their history with Donna Casaceli from the Birmingham Museum. Now on video at our YouTube Channel!

Fireplace in the Hunter HouseJanuary 6, 2022      7pm       Surviving Winter Before Central Heating (Caitlin Donnelly)
Michigan isn't known for its pleasant winters, so how did folks in Birmingham in the early 1800s survive and thrive without central heating or modern conveniences?  Bundle up and put another log in the fire as we explore how early Birminghamsters would have kept warm, eaten and entertained themselves during the winter. Presented by Caitlin Donnelly from the Birmingham Museum.

 Abbie FarmerFebruary 3, 2022    7pm      Black Families of Early Birmingham (Leslie Pielack)
For Black History Month, the Birmingham Museum has much to share about early Birmingham’s African American history! New research has emerged regarding four local families and their fascinating connection to Birmingham and each other. They include a formerly enslaved couple who came to early Birmingham, mothers and daughters separated by enslavement who were later reunited, and a local family whose multi-racial heritage traces to Colonial America and a prominent community of free people of color. Leslie Pielack will present recent findings from museum staff research into our fascinating but little known local Black history.

 Ferguson-HarryBrooks-in a CurtissJenny March 3, 2022        7pm       Birmingham Women in Aviation (Donna Casaceli)
From the earliest women pilots to the first woman astronaut, Birmingham has been at the forefront of female flight. Experience the joy through the eyes of some of Birmingham's most adventurous women with Donna Casaceli of the Birmingham Museum.




 Belle Isle Ponies   April 7, 2022
       7pm          Birmingham: America’s Shetland Pony Capital (Caitlin Donnelly)

From the late 19th through early 20th century, the quiet village of Birmingham was the place to buy the highly desirable Shetland breed of pony. The gentle and sturdy ponies were not only in demand on farms, but were featured summertime amusements at Detroit’s Belle Isle, Boblo Island and Palmer Park.  Don’t miss this chance to hear more about Birmingham’s pony tales!

  John Allen Bigelow  May 5, 2022        7pm          Birmingham’s Stories of War and Service (Donna Casaceli)
From the original founding of our country, Birmingham men and women have served bravely to protect our freedom. Through their stories, we can honor them for their service and their sacrifice. Join Donna Casaceli from the Birmingham Museum in sharing the amazing stories of these courageous and committed Birmingham citizens.





Map of Michigan showing Underground Railroad RoutesJune 3, 2022         7pm   Juneteenth and Birmingham’s Connection to the Underground Railroad (Donna Casaceli)
Buried in Greenwood Cemetery are two men, separated by time and the circumstances of their birth, but joined in the struggle to end slavery in the United States. Learn how George Taylor and Elijah Fish worked to abolish slavery in America and the connection of Birmingham to the Underground Railroad in this celebration of Juneteenth.