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  

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: 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

"Throwback Thursdays" Summer Adult Lecture Series, Thursday Evenings at 7:00 PM at the Baldwin Public Library

This summer, the museum will be expanding its popular lecture series with a special lighthearted look at Birmingham's history featuring special topics selected by museum staff.  

U_Jacobsons_StaircaseThursday, June 13 7:00 PM: Fash Bash at Jacobson's-Sixties Style!  

Museum staff Donna Casaceli will share the unique role played by Jacobson's as a high point of fashion in Birmingham, bringing renowned fashion designers to town such as Calvin Klein, and featuring avant-garde fashion photographed in Birmingham locations. Casaceli will feature professional fashion photos of the period, recently donated to the museum by department store historian, Bruce Kopytek.  

Watkins-Pony Farm Birmingham 1908Thursday, July 18, 7:00 PM: Birmingham: America's Shetland Pony Capital?

The museum's own Caitlin Donnelly will take audiences on a magic carpet ride to the late 19th and early 20th century, when Birmingham was the center of gravity for the breeding of the relatively rare and desirable shetland ponies. How and why, and the connection of Birmingham to public amusements in Detroit such as Bob-Lo and Palmer Park will be explored, as well as the many other ways four-hooved friends enriched the lives of the community.

Bruce CampbellThursday, August 8, 7:00 PM: Birmingham at the Movies

Birmingham has a surprising connection to Hollywood. Museum staff Kyle Phillips will discuss the actors, directors, and writers who have called Birmingham their home, or have featured Birmingham in ltelevision and the movies, such as actor Bruce Campbell, director Sam Raimi, author Elmore Leonard, and more.

Children's Summer Storytime Series-Second Thursday of the Month at the Historic Hunter

Thursday,  August 8, 6:30 PM: Before and After

Before and After StorytimeJoin children's librarian Ms Rosemary as she reads three to four books to explore concepts of time in "Before and After."