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Lecture Series

Learn From the Experts

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year. Each week a different speaker will present on a variety of intriguing topics from Michigan based history to aircraft to automobiles, of course!

When is lecture series?

  • Every Sunday at 2pm in the Heritage Ballroom
  • January through April

Admission is easy -

  • FREE to museum members
  • Included with your museum general admission ticket
  • $5.00/person if you are only attending the lecture

* The Winter Lecture Series will not be streamed via Facebook, YouTube or any other means.

2023 Schedule

January 8th"Car Transport 1893-2023"
Getting Your Car from the Factory to Your Dealer
Mark Tomlonson
January 15th"Aircraft Restoration"

Kalamazoo Air Zoo

Dan Brant
Assistant Aircraft Restoration Manager Kalamazoo Air Zoo
January 22nd

"Oddities & Rarities"
A Journey Across Forgotten Michigan History

Ron Rademacher
January 29th

"The Mustangs That Never Were"

John Clor

Enthusiast Communications Manager / Ford Performance
Ford Motor Company

February 5th“Seeking the Lord, The Search for The Jarvis Lord Shipwreck"Ross Richardson
Michigan Shipwreck Historian
February 12th"Willow Run Boys Camp to Bomber Plant"Rick Cahow

Historian, GCM Education Committee Member

February 19th

"Ladies of the Lights"
Great Lakes Edition

Dianna Stampfler
Promote Michigan, Founder
February 26th

"Route 66"
America's Storied Highway

John Lacko
Photo Journalist
March 5th

"Open-Wheel Racing"
with Special Guests: Jeff Bloom, Taylor Ferns and A.J. Lesiecki, from the Famous Bettenhausen Racing Family, Merle Bettenhausen

Fred Otterbein
March 12th"Automotive Painting - A Brief History"Mark Zickefoose
Automotive Paint Expert
March 19th"Retro Recreation - Vintage Boats and Travel Trailers"David Irvine
Historian and Writer
March 26th"The Model T Ford AKA The Mechanical Cockroach"Don LaCombe

Automotive Historian, Piquette Avenue Plant

April 2nd"The Rich History of Grand Hotel Mackinac Island"Bob Tagatz

Resident Historian, Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

April 16th"America's First Road Trip"
The Story of Heratio Nelson Jackson's 1903 Trip Across America
John Burton

Historian, GCM Education Committee Member

April 23rd"Strange, Weird, Unusual, Unique and Crazy Highway Signs"
2nd Edition
Dr. John Geisler


Speaker 1916 Packard Series
Dr. Tom George and Von Washington Jr. spoke at the Gilmore Car Museum Sunday afternoon. George spoke of President Lincoln's visit to Kalamazoo and Washington covered President Obama's visit

Have a topic idea that you'd like to present at a future series? Please email our Director of Education, Fred Colgren.

Winter Lecture Series sponsored by -

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