The Alcoves are located on the first floor of the Museum just outside the Morley Room. The hallway is broken into four distinct areas where exhibits on a wide range of topics are on display. While the space may be small for each Alcove, the subject matter is always engaging and educational.
Listen to the Mrs., a fixture of Saginaw radio, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. In this charming exhibit, learn the story behind WSGW’s most successful program.
The show debuted in 1952 as Krell’s Kitchen, named after its host Fred Krell. It started simply with Krell reading a recipe; however, the audience quickly started calling in and asking questions. Krell hosted the program for more than three decades. Art Lewis and Sue Smith have been the program’s hosts since 1987.
Many people do not know that more coal was mined in Saginaw County than any other county in Michigan. Even though coal was discovered here in the 1850s, no attempts were made to exploit this natural resource until the end of the lumber industry in the 1890s. Although jobs were created and fortunes made, the Saginaw coal boom did not create riches equal to those of the lumbering age, as at first predicted. Find out why in one of our Alcoves in the exhibit called Mining for Prosperity: Coal in the Saginaw Valley.
In Slections from the Saignaw Hall of Fame, you will meet some of Saginaw's most famous citizens and in our fourth alcove, you will discover that Saginaw once experienced a backyard oil boom.