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Gilmore Speaker Series

DOUBLE FEATURE – Presidential Visits to Kalamazoo

Sunday April 13 - 3 p.m. in the Heritage Theater

Free with Museum Admission – or $5/Lecture

“President Lincoln’s Michigan Visit: Shocking New Discoveries”
Tom George, former state senator and Lincoln scholar, will be speaking as part of a double feature at the Gilmore Car Museum’s Spring Speaker Series on April 13th regarding President Abraham Lincoln’s 1856 visit to Kalamazoo. In what would be his only trip ever to Michigan, Lincoln spoke on behalf of presidential candidate, John Fremont. New findings recently published by the presenter finally unravel the mystery of why Lincoln made this unusual visit. George has written articles about Lincoln's visit, including articles for Michigan History Magazine and the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

“President Obama’s 2011 Visit to Kalamazoo”
Von Washington, Jr. – Exec. Dir. of Community Relations, Kalamazoo Promise; Former Kalamazoo Central Principal
The first high school “Race to the Top Commencement Challenge” contest was issued by the White House in 2010. On April 13th as part of a double-series, Washington will be speaking in regard to the process, planning, and collaboration that resulted in Kalamazoo Central High School winning the contest and earning the opportunity to have President Barak Obama deliver the commencement speech at graduation.

The nine week Gilmore Speaker Series is open to the public and covers a variety of subjects. Each of the Sunday afternoon presentations begin at 3 pm and are only $5 each per person, or free with regular museum admission. The lectures are appropriate for all ages and guests are encouraged attend those that interest them most. No registration is required and walk-ins are welcome.

Sponsor: Gilmore Car Museum
Direct Contact: Gilmore Car Museum Staff
Phone: (269) 671 - 5089