2016 Festival of Lights to open November 28th

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No tickets necessary!  Just come and enjoy!

The Lansing Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 “Festival of Lights” on Monday, November 28th at 6:00 p.m.  More than 35 Christmas trees and displays will depict holiday celebrations from around the world and here in town.  The evening will feature Christmas music by the TF South Choir. Refreshments will follow, and then everyone will be invited to view the trees. The exhibit will remain in place until January 7, 2017. Hours are Monday & Tuesday, 6-8 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday, 3-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve. Tours at other times can be arranged by calling Barb Dust, 708-474-7497, barbd728@aol.com. The Lansing historical Museum is located in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL.    

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Grimm’s Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales

humanities-logo2grimms-picture2Autumn is here, and we are all in the mood for a good scary story!

Grimms’ Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales will be presented on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438.

What really happened after Sleeping Beauty was awakened by the Prince’s kiss?  “Happily ever after…” was only relative – and what relatives inhabit these lurid tales!

Listen to the 19th-century tales of the Brothers Grimm as originally intended for adults, transformed through Judith Heineman’s and Dan Marcotte’s 21st-century interpretations.  The dramatic retellings are accompanied by music played on the 16th-century Renaissance lute.  Some take the form of ballads set to 16th-century French and English tunes.

The event is being produced in part by Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining, and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities.

Judith, who has been a professional storyteller for 20 years, tells interactive world tales, ancient legends and personal stories. She is an Illinois Humanities Council “Road” Scholar, an Illinois Arts Council Artstour Artist and Arts-in-Education Artist, and an NSN Oracle Award recipient. Her CD with musician Dan Marcotte: Grimm’s Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, a Storytelling World Honors, and a NAPPA (Nat’l Parenting Publication) Honors Award. They were invited to Kingston University, Surrey England, to perform this show at the After Grimm conference, 2012.

Daniel Marcotte, an upbeat and witty performer, combines songs and stories with Renaissance instruments. With a B.M. in Voice Performance and Master’s of Music in Renaissance and Medieval Music, Daniel has performed at the University of Chicago, the Oriental Institute, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicago Field Museum, the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

For more inforamtion, please call Barb Dust, 708-474-7497

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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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