Crescent Jewelers Military Museum and a Stroll around Old Oak Glen

On Monday, September 26, 2016, we are kicking off our meeting series with a “field trip” to visit the Crescent Jewelers Military Museum and walk a bit around the old Oak Glen section of Lansing where the jewelry store is located.  Bill Crescent has had a lifelong interest in World War II and has a magnificent collection of uniforms, medals, helmets, etc. along with photos and stories about many of them.

Meet at the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL at 6:00 p.m.  We will carpool to Crescent Jewelers.  Half the group will visit the museum in the basement of Crescent. The other half will do a short walk on Torrence Ave. and Indiana Ave….the heart of old Oak Glen, narrated by Paul Schultz and Rich Dust. Then the groups will switch. After the tours, we’ll carpool back to the library parking lot. Not wheelchair accessible.  For information, call Barb oak-glen-funeralDust 708-474-7497.crescent-museum

Natalie Battaglia / The Times Jewelry store owner Bill Crescent has a huge collection of World War II treasures in the basement of his store. Crescent started collecting items as a boy, when his uncle gave him a war souvenir. He now buys medals, uniforms and diaries of both American and German soldiers.

Natalie Battaglia / The Times
Jewelry store owner Bill Crescent has a huge collection of World War II treasures in the basement of his store. Crescent started collecting items as a boy, when his uncle gave him a war souvenir. He now buys medals, uniforms and diaries of both American and German soldiers.

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Lansing Historical Walk on Ridge

The Lansing Historical Walk on Ridge will take place on Monday, June 27, 2016.  This year’s walk will feature commentary by Jim Kijewski and Herb Krumm.  They will be filling in for Paul Schultz as he recovers from surgery. Herb is a lifelong Lansing resident whose family’s roots go back to pioneer days.  Jim is a retired TFS history teacher who is a founding member of the Historical Society.  Come join us for an entertaining look at Lansing’s history.  Meet behind Gayety’s Ice Cream Shop, 3306 Ridge Rd. at 6:00 p.m. There is no fee for this event.13048074_1149970685037711_7880210373153319226_o

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Dutch in the Calumet Region

All are invited to attend the Lansing Historical Society’s April meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave.  Author Ken Bult will discuss his book “Dutch in the Calumet Region,” which covers many suburban and Northwest Indiana communities including Roseland, South Holland, Lansing, Munster, and Highland.  Mr. Bult grew up in and still resides in the Calumet Region.  He has a degree in history from DePaul University and a masters degree from Governors State University.  Books will be available for purchase. For more information, call Barb Dust, 708-474-7497.Dutch in the Calumet

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Lansing’s Fallen Heroes Memorial Day, April 8, 2016

The Lansing Historical Museum will honor Lansing’s Fallen Heroes Memorial Day, April 8, 2016, by hosting a vigil at the museum.  Our display will tell the stories of Police Officer Kenneth Novak, Jr., End of Watch 4-8-1992 and LCPL Phillip J.  Martini, KIA 4-8-2006.  We invite the public to come and learn about these brave and dedicated young men who gave their lives to protect us.  The museum, located in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL, will hold special hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2016 The display will remain in place for the next month.  For more information, call Barb Dust at 708-474-7497                                                   fallen policefallen marine

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The 1955 Standard Oil Refinery Explosion

Standard OIl photo1Calumet Partnership photoThe Lansing Historical Society invites the public to our next meeting on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL.  This meeting will highlight the Whiting Historical Society’s program on the 1955 Standard Oil Refinery Explosion.  It has been 60 years since this devastating fire and explosion rocked the region in August 1955. The program includes a short film and question and answer period.

Our evening will also feature Madeleine Tudor from the Field Museum and Calumet Heritage Partnership.  She will present a brief program on the efforts to obtain National Heritage Corridor designation for the Calumet Region. Come and find out how important our region is to the nation as a whole with its unique history of industrialization, ecology and ethnic diversity. The Heritage Corridor can bring national recognition and tourism to our communities.

For more information please contact Barb Dust, 708-474-7497 or barbd728@aol.com.

 

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Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in WWII

Civil War Fathers photoThe Lansing Historical Society is pleased to invite the public to its first meeting of the year: Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in WWII.  Author Tim Pletkovich will give a presentation on his book and the process of doing research to complete itCivil War Fathers is a fascinating book that encompasses almost 100 years of American history in the experiences of eight families in two generations.  One generation fought in the Civil War, and their sons and daughters fought in WWII.

This program will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL.  For more information, call Barb Dust at 708-474-7497.

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Festival of Lights Christmas Tree Display

144The “Festival of Lights, Christmas Trees Around the World” exhibit will open on Nov. 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. with a program featuring “Wolffgang”, the girls’ choral group from Hobart High School. After the performance, the public will be invited to view the 35 trees and displays from 28 countries. Included in the display this year will be stories and holiday recipes from the various countries and a vignette of “An Old Lansing Christmas.”

The display will remain up through January 6, 2016, excluding Christmas & Christmas Eve, & News Years Eve and Day. Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., closed on Sundays and Fridays. Tours can be arranged at other times by calling 708-474-7497.

Children are invited to make an ornament at home or school and bring it to the museum to add to the “Children’s Tree.” Families are invited to visit and learn about holiday customs by playing our “Holiday Treasure Hunt Game.”

The museum is located in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438.

 

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The History of Our Area Waterways

The Lansing Historical Society will host speaker Mary Carroll of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago who Water Reclamation District Tunnel       will give an overview of how the waterways in the area went from being pristine to being a dumping ground for garbage and finally what was done to improve water quality. A history of sewage treatment and the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan will also be discussed. A 10-minute movie will be shown that will include some valuable present day facts. For more information call 708-474-7497.

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An Evening in the Ford Hangar

Ford HangarHave you ever wondered what makes the Ford Hangar at the Lansing Airport so special that it merits a place on the National Registry of Historic Places? Why are people so interested in preserving it that a Foundation has been established? Come and find out the answers to these questions and get a feel for the “Golden Age of Aviation” as it was experienced in Lansing. The Lansing Historical Society will hold its first meeting of this year actually inside the Ford Hangar on Monday, September 28th at 6:00 p.m.   The Society is hosting a panel discussion featuring people from the village involved with the history, preservation and upkeep of the hangar. The public is invited to this free event. The Ford Hangar is located at the corner of Burnham Ave. and Glenwood Lansing Rd. right behind the Lansing Veteran’s Memorial.

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History Walk on Ridge Rd. with Paul Schultz

Historical Society President Paul Schultz will lead his annual Walk on Ridge on Monday, June 22, 2015.  Meet at 6:00 p.m. in the parking lot behind Gayety’s Ice Cream, 3306 Ridge Rd.

walk on ridgePaul, born and raised in Lansing, spent years as a mail carrier delivering mail to the businesses along Ridge Rd. His knowledge of the village goes deep. Each year Paul thinks of some interesting tidbits to add; so the walk is never quite the same. Also, participants are invited to add their own insights.

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