Brown Bag

Lecture Series

Sponsor a Brown Bag Lunch

MassMu offers opportunities to sponsor Brown Bag Lunch programs.

About the Brown Bag Lunch Series

The Brown Bag Lunch Series began at the Massillon Museum in 2003.

Bring a sack lunch or purchase from Greatness Cafe. The program will begin promptly at 12:10 p.m. and conclude at about 12:50 p.m. to accommodate guests who attend during the lunch hour. It occurs on the fourth Tuesday of each month, from January through October.

Funding for the 2024 Brown Bag Lunch series was sponsored in part by the Massillon / North Canton Elks Lodge 2029. 

The event, which is held in the Museum's Gessner Hall, is free and open to the public; no reservations are required, but seats fill early. The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061. 

Interested in providing a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture? Please contact Margy Vogt, Museum Public Relations & Lunch Series Chair - (email Margy).

*Note: there are no Brown Bag Lunches in November or December.

Upcoming Brown Bag Lunches: 2024

All presentations run 12:10 to 12:50 pm

June 25, 2024
David Dingwell: "From Dusk till Dawn"

July 23, 2024
Patricia Edmondson from the Western Reserve Historical Society: "Fashion After Dark: How Gaslight and Early Electricity Illuminated Gilded Age Garments" 
This lecture complements the Gilding Northeast Ohio: Fashion and Fortune 1870–1900 exhibition in our Main Gallery

August 27, 2024
Nick Diamant: "Stark Recod and Tape Service (My Life in Camelot)"
This lecture complements the On the Record exhibition, which will be on view in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery from August 31–October 27, 2024.

September 24, 2024
Scott Ryan and Becca Moore: "Massillon Against the World"
A book signing will take place after the lecture. 

October 22, 2024

Previous Brown Bag Lunches: 2024

January 23, 2024
Doug Bort, Managing Member, Odyssey Global Consulting, LLC: "Fakes & Forgeries: Discover How an Art Detective Unravels the Truth"

February 27, 2024
Kelly D. Mezurek, Ph.D.: "Black Men in Blue: The Civil War, Ohioans, and the United States Colored Troops" 

March 26, 2024
The Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic: "The History of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic"
View on YouTube

April 23, 2024
Willis Gordon: "A Legacy of Progress" 
This Brown Bag Lunch Lecture complements the 2024 NEA Big Read. 

For more information and to learn more about the NEA Big Read in Massillon, visit NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

May 28, 2024
Richard Haldi: "130th Anniversary of Coxey's March"

Previous Brown Bag Lunches: 2023

January 24, 2023
MassMu Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl: "The Massillon Museum–90 Years Strong"
View on YouTube

February 28, 2023 
Byron Hurt: "Soul Food Junkies"
View on YouTube

March 21, 2023 
Stark Parks

April 25, 2023
Brian Hayashi from Kent State University: “Who Do You Believe?: The Office of Strategic Services and Asian Americans, 1945”
View on YouTube

May 23, 2023
Richard Kettler & Terry Roan: "40th Anniversary of Massillon's Vietnam Memorial"

June 27, 2023
Mary McMunn: "From the Governor's Garden to the Fields of Ecuador"
View on YouTube

July 25, 2023
Susan Reid: "Women in Flight: Jerrie Mock (First Female to Fly Solo Around the World)"
View on YouTube

August 22, 2023
Scott Edwards: “The Art of Jack Nicholson on Screen”

September 26, 2023
Jamie Capuzza: “Ohio’s Fight for Women’s Right to Vote”

October 24, 2023
M.J. Albacete: "Liberty Enlightening the World"