A Peek at Christmas Past: A Birmingham Holiday Medley at the Museum

BenedictHouseHow did Birmingham families celebrate the winter holidays in times past and make the season special? Stop by the Hunter House at the Birmingham Museum during December for a special treat: a glimpse of holiday traditions from early Birmingham through the mid-twentieth century from our collection.  

Visitors will learn how our first settlers celebrated the season; read Birmingham holiday postcards from 1910; and view Christmas photos of Birmingham families and their decorations from the 19th and 20th centuries. Also on display will be antique ornaments and toys from Birmingham’s past, and a private collection of springerle holiday cookie boards (molds) from the mid-1800s—a German custom that came to Michigan and is the root of our annual Christmas cookie tradition.  

Our gift to you--visitors who are or become members of the Friends of the Birmingham Museum will receive a set of mail-able reproduction Victorian Christmas postcards while they last! Membership: $25/person, $40/family. Or regular admission applies: $7 adult, $5 seniors and students, kids 5 and under and members free. Please call 248-530-1928 or visit us on the web at www.bhamgov.org/museum, or www.facebook.com/TheBirminghamMuseum.


Adults and Young Adults--Interested in stories from Birmingham's past? Enjoy sharing memories of the 'not so long ago' of the area?  Always wanted to find out more about cultural curiosities and unique attributes of the city, and where they came from? Then our adult lecture series is something you should check out.  It is an increasingly popular event that brings out the best in local history and the people who made Birmingham special. The Birmingham Museum provides this seasonal series of adult lectures each spring and fall in partnership with the Baldwin Public Library.  Local historians, museum staff, authors, and other knowledgeable presenters share their passion for the fascinating topics and stories that will have you wondering what is next.  Presentations are free and take place at the library;  interested participants are asked to please register online at the library calendar at www.baldwinlib.org/calendar.  

Crop IMG_0115For Youngsters and their Families--we have a children's storytime program here at the museum on the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.  Co-sponsored by the Baldwin Public Library, a children's librarian engages audiences in a seasonal theme with great reads from the library's children's collection. Held either in the historic Hunter House or in the Allen House at the Birmingham Museum, the program is a delightful way for families to enjoy time together in a quiet museum environment. These programs are free and open to the public, but please register online at the Baldwin Library website: www.baldwinlib.org/storytime Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  For more information, contact Caitlin Donnelly at the Birmingham Museum at 248-530-1685, or cdonnelly@bhamgov.org.

Winter 2020 Adult Lecture Series: "Wonder Women of Birmingham"
Thursday Evenings at 7:00 PM at the Baldwin Public Library

Birmingham wants more stories, and the Birmingham Museum has them! Throughout the year to celebrate the centennial of the 19th Amendment,  we're focusing on some outstanding women who have made Birmingham a better place to live--even before getting the right to vote.  Please check back for additional listings in 2020.  All lectures will be held at the Baldwin Public Library in the Jean Lloyd Room and are free to the public. (Free: please register online at the library at www.baldwinlib.org/calendar.) For more information on the adult lecture series, contact Leslie Pielack at 248-530-1682.

Ruth Shain ThumbnailThursday, January 23, 7:00 PM 
Ruth Shain  
(Presented by museum staff Kyle Phillips)

Ruth Shain was a determined woman who envisioned a better community for everyone, and her legacy is still enriching Birmingham citizens. (It’s a lot more than you might think!) She was an organizer who inspired others to help achieve their mutual goals, and who loved her home town of Birmingham.

Martha Baldwin ThumbnailThursday, February 27, 7:00 PM
The Ladies Library Association   
(Presented by museum staff Caitlin Donnelly)

They had a plan, but they had obstacles to overcome in the effort to bring the wider world to Birmingham through books and a free library. How did Martha Baldwin and her colleagues found a library in the face of stiff opposition from village leaders and even their own husbands? The story of their struggle and how they did it may surprise you.


Family Story Time Series at the Museum
Second Thursdays at 6:30 PM at the Birmingham Museum

Join us for some fun and fascinating stories and experiences led by children's  librarian, Ms. Rosemary, from the Baldwin Public Library.  (Free: please register online at the  Baldwin Public Library, baldwinlib.org/calendar.

Frosty kidsThursday, December 12, 6:30 PM

Time to Celebrate! It's that time of year!