Have 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.
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.
Paul, 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.
LHS float in the Good Neighbor Day Parade advertising Picnic of the Past.
Lansing Brickmen Vintage Base Ball Team at Autumn Fest, 2014.
Action at the Old Ball Game!
Lansing Historical Society will host its Picnic of the Past on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Lan-Oak Park, 180th & Arcadia, Lansing. The highlight of the event will be the Vintage Base Ball Match between the Lansing Brickmen and the Munster Centennials which begins at noon. Vintage Base Ball uses the rules of 1858. No mitts are used and the player is out if the ball is caught on the first bounce. In this gentlemanly game there is no stealing bases!
There will be a D.J. with dance contests, food by Lynnie-Ques, displays by local historical societies and old-time cars. Come in the costumes of your favorite era of the past. Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded. Come out and join the fun!
When: Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Where: TF South H.S., 18500 Burnham Ave., Lansing, IL, 60438
The history of Pullman and its significant stories will be highlighted in a presentation and discussion by Michael A. Shymanski, President of the Historic Pullman Foundation. Topics will include George M. Pullman, the model in industrial town, the strike of 1894, the Pullman Porters and A. Philip Randolph. The proclamation signed by President Obama on February 19, 2015 as an Executive Order focuses on the major events and ideas to be featured in the National Park. Mr. Shymanski is a retired architect and also serves as Vice President of the Dunes National Park Association and on the Board of the Bielenberg Historic Pullman House Foundation.
This event is co-sponsored by the Lansing Historical Society and the Thornton Fractional South H.S. History Club. It will take place in the cafeteria of TF South H.S.,
Photos by Dan Bovino
Tired of ice and snow? Now is the time to start planning your garden! To help with that, the Lansing Historical Society’s first meeting of the year will feature University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. They will offer a historic look at gardens and ways to incorporate historic elements into your garden today. Lansing historically was a place of many “truck gardens” providing fresh vegetables for market in Chicago and suburbs. Come and learn about this heritage.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at 6:00 p.m., February 23, 2015, in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438. For more information, call 708-474-7497.
All through December and on through Jan. 6th, the Lansing Historical Museum is offering its “Festival of Lights.”
This exhibit features more than 30 trees representing different countries as well organizations in our community. Besides the trees, there are exhibits, costumes, creches and explanations of holiday customs from around the world. One can enjoy the overall ambience of thousands of twinkling lights or stroll leisurely through the trees examining each artifact and ornament and reading about the unique way each country celebrates this most beloved holiday.
Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tours at other times can be arranged by calling 708-474-7497. The Lansing Historical Museum is located in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, Il.
The Lansing Historical Society will present actor Terry Lynch at its meeting Monday, November 24th at 6:00 pm.
Dressed as the English Father Christmas, Terry will tell the origins of St. Nicholas characters in various countries, popular Christmas symbols, and worldwide Christmas traditions. This program is for the whole family. (No important secrets revealed!)
This evening will also be the gala opening of the annual Festival of Lights exhibit in the Lansing Historical Museum. More than 30 Christmas trees and displays will depict holiday celebrations from around the world and here in town.
The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438.
The Lansing Historical Society will hold its next meeting on Monday, October 27th with a program entitled “Historic Gems of the South/Southwest Suburbs.”
Have you ever noticed how we travel great distances to see historic places and ignore what we have at home? This will be your chance to find out about the interesting sites hidden in our own backyard in the 62 South and Southwest suburbs. The program will feature Scott Bort of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438. For more information, call Barb Dust, 708-474-7497.
The Lansing Historical Society will kick off its 2014-15 season of meetings with a presentation on “The Origins of LARC.” on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm in the Community Room of the Lansing Public library, 2750 Indiana Ave, Lansing. LARC is the non-profit organization that provides services and employment for the developmentally disabled individuals of the area. Some have called it Lansing’s finest accomplishment. Come here how the organization got its start and the terrific array of services it provides today.