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Lecture Series at Michigan's Gilmore Car Museum

The Gilmore Car Museum lecture series "On the Road to History" incorporates fascinating stories and little-known facts about its topics. The eleven-week series is open to the public and covers a variety of subjects.

"We have brought together a fine group of historians, scholars, and authors—all experts in their respective fields," explained Fred Colgren, Education Director at Gilmore Car Museum. "From the Civil War and old-time radio dramas to shipwrecks of Lake Michigan, there's certain to be something of interest for everyone."

The Sunday afternoon presentations begin at 3 p.m. and are $5 each per person, or free to museum members or with the purchase of regular museum admission. The lectures are appropriate for all ages and guests are encouraged to attend those that interest them the most. No registration is required, and walk-ins are welcome.


  • Sunday, February 8, 2015
: The Interurban Railroad in Southwest Michigan

    Keith Martin, Curator, Galesburg Historical Museum

  • Sunday, February 15, 2015:The History of Football 101
    Randy Snow, Freelance Writer and Football Historian

  • Sunday, February 22, 2015:Kalamazoo's Hezekiah Wells and the C.S.S. Alabama – Sorting out the Aftermath of the Civil War

    Tom Georg, Historian and Former Curator, Kalamazoo Valley Museum

  • Sunday, March 1, 2015
: Mysteries at the Museum
    Jay Follis, Director of Marketing, Gilmore Car Museum

  • Sunday, March 8, 2015
: Bob Burman: A Michigan Racing Icon
    Eldon Eby, Vintage Car Collector and Restorer

  • Sunday, March 22, 2015
: Driving the American Road: The Likes of Us
    David Lyon, Automobile Historian and Author

  • Sunday, March 29, 2015: 
A Trip to the Great Car Museums
    David Irvine, Past President / Co-Founder, Volvo Club of America, Great Lakes Chapter

  • Sunday, April 12, 2015:The Wonderful World of Radio Theater
    Don Ramlow, Radio Theater Historian, Director and Author

  • Sunday, April 19th, 2015:
 War Stories from the First Golden Age of High Performance – The Legacy of Berger Chevrolet

    Jim Luikens, Automotive Historian and Author

  • Sunday, April 26th, 2015:Skillagalee: The Shipwreck Graveyard of Northern Lake Michigan
Ross Richardson, Shipwreck Hunter and Author

Whether your interest is in vintage auto racing, Civil War, local history or more, you're sure to find the Gilmore Lecture Series engaging, entertaining, and informative for the entire family.

The Gilmore Car Museum – America's Signature Collection is located just twenty minutes north of Kalamazoo, and forty-five minutes south of Grand Rapids.

For more information on the Gilmore Speaker Series or other events, please visit or call 269.671.5089.


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