DOWAGIAC – Kicking off this year’s spring lecture series at the Museum at Southwestern Michigan College is “Ice Age Imperials: Prehistoric Animals of Southwest Michigan.” The Feb. 1 lecture will be presented by Christina Hirn Arseneau, director of the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph.
The lecture, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Upton Educational Center at the Museum, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the hour-long lecture.
Hirn Arseneau will examine animals such as the mastodon, wooly mammoth, and saber-tooth cat, which are highlighted in the “Ice Age Imperials” exhibit at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.
Other lectures slated for the spring series are “Southwest Michigan Connections to the Titanic” on March 7 presented by Jennifer Quail, from the Museum at SMC, and Tracy Gierada, from the North Berrien Historical Museum; “Rwanda: A Story of Hope and Survival – Rising from the Ashes” on April 4 presented by Dr. Ilene and Rick Sheffer; and “German Prisoners on Southwest Michigan Farms” on May 2 presented by Howard Poole, formally with Western Michigan University.
The Museum at SMC, located on the college’s Dowagiac campus, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the museum is free. For more information, call (269) 782-1374.
Source: News release from Southwestern Michigan College