History comes alive in Lansing

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by Alex Bauer
Lansing Star Staff Writer

The Historical Society of Greater Lansing is unveiling new events and renewing their collections to help showcase Lansing’s history.

The HGSL currently hosts a display on the first floor of City Hall called “Lansing Votes: How Six Votes Changed the City of Lansing.”

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(Above: A display from the Lansing Votes exhibit in the City Hall atrium)

In this audio clip, Valerie Marvin, president of HSGL, gives a tour of the exhibit.

Marvin also talks about an upcoming fundraiser. The event will be a tour of Lansing Community College’s Herrmann House. Those who purchase a ticket will be offered food and a tour of the home featuring objects from the house’s past on display, according to Marvin.

To help spread the news of the Herrmann House event– and help strengthen the connection between the community and the historical society– the organization hosted a booth at the 59th Michigan Antiquarian Book and Paper Show. Maintaining a strong connection with the community is important to the historical society, Marvin explained.

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(Above: The display for the Historical Society of Greater Lansing at the Michigan Antiquarian & Paper Show)

In recent weeks, HSGL hosted a wide variety of different events from “The Lansing State Journal Remembers” to “Restauranturing in Lansing — Then and Now.” Finding the story untold is something that the historical society loves to learn about, according to Marvin.

The video above highlights the event that explored the life of artist Leonard Jungwirth, who is known for his Spartan sculpture at Michigan State University. To connect his story with the modern age, HSGL Vice President Bill Castanier arranged to have a 3d printer made a replica from the original design during the event.

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(Above: The 3D printer in action and with the finished product)

Besides hosting events, the Historical Society of Greater Lansing collects artifacts in the hope of establishing a permanent place to showcase them, Marvin explained. The society continues to look for a home, and Lansing remains the only city in the state without a permanent facility. Until that time, the society will continue to mount “pop-up” events in the area.

The Historical Society of Greater Lansing makes sure there are plenty of activities throughout the community to attend.

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