readers for a war exhibit, an archivist who speaks on women’s suffrage, an oral
history from an Edwardsburg native, and a lecturer on fishing in local waters
will complement the museum’s 2020 season. The season opening is delayed until
May 28 this year because of the coronavirus.
Graham, a local broadcaster of Edwardsburg sporting events, and Michael Kanaby,
an Edwardsburg resident who is a career prosecutor in Kalamazoo, will be
featured for the first event when they read letters from veterans of several
wars at 7 p.m., Thurs., June 11, at the museum.
management executive in Elkhart and online adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech
Community College, is a broadcaster for Joe
Insider and the soon-to-be Edwardsburg
Sports Network. He has a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from
Cornerstone University and a master’s from Andrews University, where he
specialized in interdisciplinary studies of communication with an emphasis in
been a member of the Kalamazoo County Office of Prosecuting Attorney since
January 2001 and has received several awards for his prosecutorial work. He is
currently assigned to the circuit court trial division of the Kalamazoo office.
He worked for four years as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Cass County
and served seven years in the United States Air Force as an assistant staff
judge advocate. In the military, he performed duties as a Chief of Military
Justice, a Chief of Adverse Actions, and later, as an Area defense Counsel.
Kanaby was stationed at Air Force bases in California, Germany, and Delaware.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and the Juris Doctor
degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Flandreau, a retired archivist who served on the board of the Friends of the
Niles District Library and Niles History Center, will speak at the museum at 7
p.m., Thurs., July 16. Her topic will complement the museum’s display on
women’s suffrage and service. Her presentation, “Time Well Spent in Study and
Pleasant Recreation: Women’s Clubs in the 20th Century.” It will
cover areas of interest to women, among them education, suffrage, civic
engagement and social service and work, and how clubs organized to promote the
interests of their members in those areas.
has a bachelor’s degree in history from Wellesley College, a master’s in
library science from the University of Michigan, and a master’s in history from
the University of Mississippi. She spent more than 30 years in archives and
special collections, including 22 years as the head librarian and archivist at
the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College, in Chicago. She moved
to Niles in 2012 after retirement. She volunteers at the Ferry Street Resource
Center and catalogs books and archival collections as the Niles History Center.
Westfall Thompson, a 1956 Edwardsburg graduate and an inductee into the Edwardsburg
Hall of Fame, will give an oral history at the museum at 7 p.m., Thurs., Aug.
her husband, Larry, who died in 2018, jointly received the Hall of Fame Lifetime
Award from the Edwardsburg Public Schools in 2016.
earned a degree in home economics and taught for 35 years. She was a teacher at
Sand Creek High School and the Allegan County Area Vocational Technical Center.
She also was a dietitian, ran a catering business, and worked as a food service
director. Thompson, who lives in Saugatuck, earned several state awards for her
work in the Future Homemakers of America and the Vocational Industrial Clubs of
the “Hooked on Fishing” exhibit, which runs Aug. 24 through Nov. 1, will be
Darrin Schaap, owner of Clear H2o Tackle in Edwardsburg. Schaap, a columnist
for the Edwardsburg Voice, will focus
on changing technology in the world of fishing, as well as how to use different
lures for different fish. He graduated from Edwardsburg High School in 1995 and
received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan
University. He formerly managed Brett’s Place on the Bay in Benton Harbor for
will be at 7 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 3.