Gilmore Car Museum’s

Annual Lecture Series


The Museum’s annual Lecture Series is a highly anticipated event! Every Sunday afternoon at 3pm January through April, museum guests can enjoy a different guest lecturer each weekend speaking on a variety of intriguing topics.

Admission to each lecture is included with regular museum admission or $5.00 per person if you do not wish to tour the museum before or after the lecture. Lecture series admission is FREE to Museum Members.

2018 Winter Lecture Series: Discover the World on Wheels

Check out the 2018 Winter Lecture Series schedule below! Click on a title for more information about that presentation.

January 7, 2018
Welcome to Kalamazoo, 1917
Ruth Wilson, Kalamazoo Public Library

January 14, 2018
Discovering Michigan County by County
Barbara Vanderbolen, Author

January 21, 2018
Henry Ford’s X Engine: Replacing the Model T
Don LaCombe, Automotive Historian

January 28, 2018
Can Am Racing: 50th Anniversary
George Levy, Author

February 4, 2018
Your Muscle Car Memories
John Lacko, Racing Aficionado and Photographer

February 11, 2018
The Relevance of Abraham Lincoln
Cameron Brown, Former State Senator 

February 18, 2018
Automotive Lubrication Testing Seminar
David E. Persell, Ph.D

February 25, 2018
Art, Architecture, and the Automobile
David O. Lyon, Author and Historian

March 4, 2018
Jaguar: From Swallow Side Cars to Victory at Le Mans
Mike Ersspamer, Jaguar Historian

March 11, 2018
Walt’s Pilgrimage: The Walt Disney Story with a Gilmore Connection
Christopher W. Tremblay, Author and Disney Historian

March 18, 2018
Slot Cars and the Kalamazoo Connection
John Lacko, Racing Aficionado and Photographer

March 25, 2018
Running on Empty: Abandoned Gas Stations in America
Susan Johnston, Photographer and Historian

April 8, 2018
100th Anniversary: Colonel Joseph Westnedge and World War I
Tom George, Historian

April 15, 2018
Riding Across the Sands of Time: Due Rides, Dune Scooters, Dune Schooners, Dunesmobiles, and Dune Buggies
Christine Byron and Thomas R. Wilson, Authors

April 22, 2018
The History of Speedway Design and Construction
Van Walling, Historian

April 29, 2018
The History and Evolution of the County’s Most Unique Aviation Museum – The Air Zoo
Bob Ellis, Former Air Zoo CEO/Director

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

Past Lecture Series

Winter 2017: Where They Went

Winter 2016: Celebrating the Past & Imagining the Future

Winter 2015: On the Road to History

Winter 2014: Motoring Memories