Women have overcome obstruction on their way to leadership positions, but plenty of obstacles still exist for women pursuing those roles. Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential election could be considered the ultimate heartbreak in a career of service and fighting to break through a glass ceiling of leadership opportunities, but her campaign for the presidency changed women’s history no matter the outcome. Meet other women, primarily from Michigan, who have also made contributions to women’s history and broke through barriers to achieve in many different fields of work.
By Meg Dedyne
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter
“Statues, what statues?” was what Kaylee Mead, legislative aide to State Rep. Tom Leonard, (R-DeWitt) said when asked about the historical statue pieces located on the front lawn of the Michigan State Capitol. “I have never noticed any statues before and I walk past them everyday,” Mead said. “I don’t know if anyone really notices them because we are all just focused on what we have to do for the day.”
Michigan State University advertising junior Ben Grider said he grew up in this area and had taken many trips to the state Capitol in grade school but does not remember any of the outside ornaments being explained in his tour. “I definitely have noticed the statues before because I thought that they were interesting but I never have known what they mean or why they are there,” Grider said. “ I think some students might notice them but I doubt anyone pays much attention to them.”
Austin Blair is the subject of the statue right down the front walkway of the Capitol Building and was chosen for this spot because he was the governor of Michigan during the Civil War, according to Phil Goodrich, legislative director to Leonard.
By Asha Dawsey
Listen Up, Lansing
Ransom Eli Olds, the founder of Olds Mobile Works, later to be called Oldsmobile, is remembered for the contributions he made to the automotive industry in Lansing by the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum at 240 Museum Drive. But how effective is the museum — so full of Lansing history — when not many know it is there? Photo Journal: R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
By Emily Cervone
Living In the Ledge
On a non-descript street in Grand Ledge is an old house that was set for demolition many years ago. However, instead of meeting its inevitable fate, a group of people decided that it was worth saving—and turned it into one of the most notable places in the town. “The home was owned by the Methodist Church, and they were planning to tear it down in order to make way for a parking lot,” Grand Ledge Historical Society president Marilyn Smith said. “It was just too interesting to let go. So we bargained with the city, and they decided if we restore the building and kept it in shape for five years, we could keep it.”
Hence, in 1984, the Grand Ledge Historical Society was born.
By Ian Wendrow
Listen Up, Lansing
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By Meghan Steingold
Living In The Ledge
With one featured movie shown a week and its $2 seat prices, it’s a wonder how the Sun Theater can stay afloat after 84 years of business. “It’s a cute small theater with really reasonable prices. It’s family-owned and very popular with the members of the community,” Grand Ledge resident Allison Osika said. The theater’s owner of 26 years, Chuck Pantera, said that business has actually peaked recently due to the community’s desire to preserve the theater. Opening in 1931, the theater at 361 Bridge St., hit its peak in the early years of being established, according to Pantera.
By Ani Stambo
Living In The Ledge
Grand Ledge is one small town in Michigan that has been blessed in the geographical lottery department. The most important aspect of Grand Ledge is without a doubt its sandstone cliffs along Grand River. Most natives to Grand Ledge already know of this town’s golden age starting in the 1870s. “During the Victorian times Grand Ledge was the second largest touring destination because of the ledges,” Melanie May, facility manager of Grand Ledge’s Opera House, said. “They also thought the water had healing properties.”
The water May is referring to is the several mineral wells that were drilled for the Seven Islands Resort, which was located on seven islands in Grand River.
On Tuesday at the Grand Ledge Opera House, retired Grand Ledge Police Lt. Don McGillis told the public the stories and history that shaped their city’s police department. “During my whole career, I wondered what the early history was like,” McGillis said. “Prior to 1950, there was no information, no pictures, just a wall.”
The idea to compile a history of the 100-year-old department came from his cousin, St. Ignace, Mich., Mayor Paul Grondin, who researched similar histories for St. Ignace.
By Stephen Brooks
Williamston Post staff writer
Williamston’s Downtown Historic District joined the exclusive company of national landmarks such as the Michigan State Capitol and Martin Luther King Jr.’s tomb by being named to the National Register of Historic Places this year. The district starts after the D&W store, 151 W Grand River Ave., on the east side and City Hall on the west and cuts off at Middle Street on the south. It was one of seven properties or districts in the state added to the national register in the first round of listings in 2013. Michigan has more than 1,600 listings in the National Register of Historic Places, according to a press release from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. Mayor Jim DeForest said the effort was a multi-year project handled by the city’s Downtown Development Authority, or DDA.