2017-2018 Events Calendar

 

Feb
24
Sat
Gilmore Car Museum’s Job Fair
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Gilmore Car Museum's Job Fair @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Are you looking for a part-time, seasonal job? The Gilmore Car Museum is hiring!

Come learn about available positions and interview with hiring managers from different departments at the Gilmore Car Museum’s Seasonal* Job Fair Open House on Saturday, February 24th from 10am-2pm. 

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated team members to join in:
– Food Service
– Museum Exhibits
– Campus Operations
– Admissions
– Bartending (must be 18 or older)

Interested in volunteering? Volunteer info and applications will also be available!

The open-house style Job Fair will take place in the Gilmore Car Museum’s Automotive Heritage Center Banquet Room. Please bring a copy of your resume if you have one available and be prepared for a short on-site interview for the positions of your choice. Attendees may interview for multiple positions.

*Must be able to work weekends and holidays until November 1st

Feb
25
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Art, Architecture and the Automobile
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Art, Architecture and the Automobile @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or FREE with general admission or museum membership card.

Feb. 25th
Art, Architecture, and the Automobile

David Lyon, Author and Historian

This power point presentation traces the history of, and then predicts the future of the automobile within the period of 1771 to 2028. The presentation illustrates automotive artifacts from the Gilmore Car Museum as well as automotive designs outside the collection. These designs are integrated into a survey of art and architecture from the same period as the selected automobiles. The intent of the presentation is to organize a vast array of information on the one hand, and to broaden the artistic scope and historical significance of automobile design on the other.  

Mar
2
Fri
6th annual “Under the Hood” Weekend
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
6th annual "Under the Hood" Weekend @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

Check out the engines that made history during a special weekend where you can take a sneak peak under the hood of dozens of cars on display at the Gilmore Car Museum. This special event is for ONE WEEKEND ONLY!

The opportunity to check out “Under the Hood” of a selection of cars on display is included with regular museum admission.

Friday, March 2nd – 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, March 3rd – 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, March 4th – 9:00am-6:00pm

Click here for photos from previous years and for more information!

Mar
4
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Sir William and Jaguar: From Swallow Side Cars to Victory at Le Mans
Mar 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Sir William and Jaguar: From Swallow Side Cars to Victory at Le Mans @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or FREE with general admission or museum membership card.

Mar. 4th
Sir William and Jaguar: From Swallow Sidecars to Victory at Le Mans

Mike Erspamer, Jaguar Historian               

Mike is a long-time Jaguar enthusiast and motor racing enthusiast.  He purchased his first Jaguar more than 50 years ago in 1967 – a used 1964 E-Type coupe with 35,000 miles on the odometer.  For three years that was his only car.  He drove it through the Chicago winters, carried a canoe on top of it, and treated it like any “daily driver.”  He learned a lot about Jaguars from that experience and over the years he has collected a lot of books and other materials pertaining to Jaguars.  Mike is a member of the Jaguar Affiliates Group of Michigan, the Mad Dogs and Englishmen British Car Club, and the Lakeshore British Car Group.

In real life, Mike had a 30-year career with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, interrupted by a 2-year hitch in the Army, where he worked in the biological warfare program at Ft. Detrick, MD.  Following his retirement from the FDA in 1994, he worked for 20 years as an independent consultant to the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries.  He is currently fully and happily retired.

Mike’s presentation will cover the early history of William Lyons and how he started the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922 that would later become Jaguar.  The company history will cover the years up to the introduction of the XK-120 sports car in 1948. We will then follow Jaguar’s pursuit of victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, starting with the 1950 race. The Le Mans coverage will review each Le Mans race from 1950 through 1957.  The commentary will be accompanied by lots of vintage racing photos.  The presentation will conclude with a half-hour video from the series “Victory by Design.”

Mike’s current Jaguar is a 1966 E-Type coupe that resides in a heated garage during the winter months.

Mar
11
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Walt’s Pilgrimage: The Walt Disney Story with a Gilmore Connection
Mar 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Walt's Pilgrimage: The Walt Disney Story with a Gilmore Connection @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or FREE with general admission or museum membership card.

Mar. 11th
Walt’s Pilgrimage: The Walt Disney Story with a Gilmore Connection

Christopher W. Tremblay, Author and Disney Historian                                                                                                   

Dr. Christopher W. Tremblay has published 2 Disney themed books that reference the Gilmore Car Museum:  Walt’s Pilgrimage and Walt’s Pilgrimage, Jr. (a children’s version).  Since 2015, Tremblay has brought his honors students to the Gilmore Car Museum to learn about the Disney connections.  Tremblay created and teaches a course in the Western Michigan University Lee Honors College called Walt’s Pilgrimage.  That course is an 8-day, 3-credit hour course that follow Walt Disney’s life from his birthplace in Chicago to his gravesite in Glendale, California.  The next Walt’s Pilgrimage course will take place in July 2018.

Tremblay earned his doctor of education degree in educational leadership from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Western Michigan University.  He presently serves as a Marketing and Research Consultant for Michigan State University’s Gifted and Talented Education.  Tremblay is a former Disney cast member.

For more information on Tremblay’s publications and research, visit www.waltspilgrimage.com.

Mar
18
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Slot Cars and the Kalamazoo Connection
Mar 18 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Slot Cars and the Kalamazoo Connection @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or FREE with general admission or museum membership card.

Mar. 18th
Slot Cars and the Kalamazoo Connection

John Lacko, Racing Photographer and Historian

Slot cars exploded into a major hobby during the sixties that almost every car nut enjoyed.  One of the first slot car tracks in the U. S. was built here in Kalamazoo.  In the last twenty years, slot cars have enjoyed a major comeback.  Now there is a variety of new slot cars that are attracting many former racers, so we will explore all the different types and scales, Ready to Run, Womp Womps, Thingies, road racing, oval, drag racing, HO, 1:32, 1:24.  The session will end up at the new Gilmore Car Museum 1:32 Red Barns Raceway.  If you have some 1:32 slot cars, bring them along and give the RBR a try!

          

Mar
24
Sat
Movie Feature: Disney Pixar’s CARS at the Gilmore Car Museum!
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon at the Gilmore Car Museum featuring the 2006 Disney Pixar film, CARS™!

Movie Admission:
$3/person, children 6 and under free
FREE to Gilmore Car Museum Members

The movie will be shown in the Gilmore Automotive Heritage Center Banquet Room. Run time is 1 hour and 57 minutes, rated G. The Gilmore Cafe will be open and serving soda and popcorn for $1 each. 

This movie event is licensed by Swank Productions

Mar
25
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: Running on Empty: Abandoned Gas Stations in Amercia
Mar 25 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: Running on Empty: Abandoned Gas Stations in Amercia @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or FREE with general admission or museum membership card.

Mar. 25th
Running on Empty: Abandoned Gas Stations in America

Susan Johnston, Photographer                 

Susan Johnston will cover a brief history of the growth, evolution and demise of gas stations in this country. Times have changed: the number of operating gas stations has declined over 40% in the past 25 years. A significant number of those closed stations remain in place. Although some have been repurposed into retail stores, auto repair shops and other creative uses, many more have been simply abandoned. These gas stations have become America’s twentieth century ruins.

Why haven’t these structures gone the way of the old-fashioned movie houses or the corner drug store? In large part, current law and government regulations have kept these properties intact. Old gas stations often have gas contaminated ground that requires special treatment before the land can be sold or repurposed. Tax incentives to clean up the land have expired, giving land owners little encouragement to clear the land.

Susan will discuss the changing role of the “filling” station in American life from a single pump operation to a multi-pump/food mart service station and she will share beautiful photography – include examples from her featured collection displayed inside the Museum’s Shell Station –  featuring dozens of examples of existing empty gas stations located around the country as well as some interesting examples of re-purposed stations. The presentation will conclude with Susan’s thoughts on the future of fueling stations for the 21st century automobile.

Apr
1
Sun
Easter Sunday – Museum CLOSED
Apr 1 all-day
Easter Sunday - Museum CLOSED

The Gilmore Car Museum is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Apr
8
Sun
2018 Lecture Series: 100th Anniversary Colonel Joseph Westnedge and World War I
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2018 Lecture Series: 100th Anniversary Colonel Joseph Westnedge and World War I @ Gilmore Car Museum | Hickory Corners | Michigan | United States

The Gilmore Car Museum’s annual Winter Lecture Series is highly anticipated every year! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April visitors can enjoy a different guest presenter speaking on a variety of intriguing topics. Admission to each lecture is just $5/person or FREE with general admission or museum membership card.

April 8th
100th Anniversary: Colonel Joseph Westnedge and World War I

Tom George, Historian