Sunday Series

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 Sunday Discovery Series

Sunday Discovery Series

All programs are free, and begin at 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

    Discover maritime history and the ecology of dams during these presentations from experts.

  • Cover of the book Sport Ship Dog of the Great Lakes by Pamela Cameron. A happy black and brown dog sitting in front of a ship and lighthouse.
    Pamela Cameron, Author Sport, Ship Dog of the Great Lakes

    October 18, 1:30 premiere on YouTube

    Kalamazoo resident Pamela Cameron first heard about Sport, a Newfoundland Retriever, when she was reading about the lighthouses of Michigan. Sport was rescued by the United States Lighthouse Service Tender the Hyacinth in 1914 and then lived on the ship for the next twelve years as it delivered supplies to all of the lighthouses on Lake Michigan. Sport was a valued companion to the crew and a recognizable mascot of the lake, making friends in every port.

    Cameron will share the process of her research using the National Archives and maritime history collections in the Great Lakes area. The program will show how historic pictorial resources were used to create the illustrations for the story. The backstory of the crew and their lives onboard the ship will be discussed.

    Sport, Ship Dog of the Great Lakes has won the Historical Society of Michigan’s 2019 State History Award for Children’s/Youth Book, the 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and the Library of Michigan’s 2020 Notable Book awards. To learn more go to

  • Historic postcard of the dam on Lovers Lane in Portage, Michigan.
    Matt Diana, DNR Fisheries Biologist The Ecology of Dams

    November 15, 1:30 premiere on YouTube

    Matt Diana, DNR Fisheries Biologist, will talk about how dams change the ecology of a river, including issues and opportunities for restoration through dam operation, modification, and potential removal, as well as what happens when dams need repair or fail. We will explore how fish and other aquatic organisms, as well as river processes, relate to dams and the complexity involved in managing aging infrastructure. Matt will draw on DNR experience with multiple projects throughout the Kalamazoo and other local watersheds and will answer questions regarding local projects.