Public Dedication of American Chemical Society Landmark Designation Set for May 17, 2019

KALAMAZOO, Mich., April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will be the permanent home for the prestigious National Historic Chemical Landmark plaque honoring the Kalamazoo scientists who worked at The Upjohn Company during the years of 1950-1990.

The ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark (NHCL) program was established in 1992 to enhance public appreciation for the contribution of chemical sciences to modern life. Under the NHCL program, ACS grants Landmark status to seminal achievements in the history of the chemical sciences and provides a record of these contributions to chemistry and society. To date, 85 Landmark designations have been granted. The field of chemistry has transformed our lives, from advancing medicine and industry to creating new products such as steroid medicines, penicillin, plastics and more.

A public dedication event will begin at 11 a.m. on May 17 at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The event is free and open to the public will be held on the first floor atrium and in the Mary Jane Stryker Theatre.

This activity is a part of a broader community collaboration among the Kalamazoo ACS local section, the ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark Committee, Apjohn Group LLC, Kalamazoo Valley Museum (KVM), Kalamazoo Valley Community College (Kalamazoo Valley), Western Michigan University (WMU), Kalamazoo College (K-College), Pfizer, Inc., Zoetis, Inc., and local sponsors.

"The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is proud to be able to offer a permanent home for the ACS National Historic Chemical Landmark plaque," said KVM Director Bill McElhone. "The museum, located in downtown Kalamazoo on Kalamazoo Valley's Arcadia Commons Campus, provides free general admission and is open to the public seven days a week. This historic designation, for one of Kalamazoo's most famous institutions and the ground-breaking work of its scientists, is an important part of the region's history," he said. The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and is governed by its Board of Trustees.

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In addition to the dedication ceremony, a number of events are scheduled to commemorate Kalamazoo's important place in steroid research. For a schedule of local events associated with the May 2019 activities visit,

For More Information
Linda Depta
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
ldepta (at) kvcc (dot) edu

SOURCE Kalamazoo Valley Museum