What’s Up with History in Our Schools?

American Revolution graphicThe Christmas trees are down and the museum is open again! Regular hours are Mondays, 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Lower level of Lansing Public Library.

Our first meeting of the year will feature a program show-casing the innovative methods for teaching social studies going on in town.  Ms. Mary DiGrispino will be bringing a sample from the production of the summer school Time Travelers on the American Revolution. Every summer this group tackles a different era in American history using hands on arts, crafts, foods, drama etc. to bring alive the events of the past.  Then the TF South social studies department will present some of the raps from the “Hamilton” Education program by Mr. Matt Tiffey’s students. The students researched different aspects of the American Revolution, created rap programs to display their learning and then attended the professional “Hamilton” production downtown.  Mr. Chris Robert’s students will fill us in on the latest happenings with the History Club and Mock Trial program. It should be a fun evening for all! For more info, call 708-474-7497

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2017 Festival of Lights to Open Nov. 27, 2017

The “Festival of Lights, Christmas Trees Around” the World exhibit will open on Nov. 27, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. with a program featuring holiday music by the TF South Choir.  After the performance, the public will be invited to view the 35 trees and displays from 28 countries.  This year’s theme will be “Christmas Visitors.” Come and learn about how the different countries are visited by the likes of Santa, Le Befana, the Tomte, Nisse and the Three Kings. Holiday recipes from different cultures will also be available.   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.  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 add to the “Children’s Tree.”  Families are invited to visit and learn about holiday customs by playing our “Holiday Treasure Hunt Game.”

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Les Marszalek, American Indian Archaeologist

On Monday, October 23, 201710659135_868893716478744_4335339456610521708_o12240901_1057192310982216_31660407972375827_o, Lansing Historical Society will host Les Marszalek of the Chicago Archaeology Services Network.  Les will talk about recent archaeology finds in the Lansing area and describe the daily life of those who lived here before us. He will have many examples of artifacts found in this region. The public is invited and there is no charge.  The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438.  For more information call 708-474-7497.

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The History of the Lansing Veterans’ Memorial

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Lansing Historical Society will hold its first meeting of the new season with a talk by Tom Luberda, the past President and Founder of the Lansing Veterans’ Memorial.  The presentation will be held at the Historic Ford Hangar which is adjacent to the Memorial. It is located at the Lansing Municipal Airport at the corner of Burnham Ave. and Glenwood-Lansing Rd., in Lansing, IL. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Come and learn about the start of the project, the acquisition of the Uh-118 Huey Helicopter, the people honored on the wall, the etched mural by Anna Carroll, and much more.

Unfortunately, no washrooms are available at the Hangar.

For more information, call Barb Dust, 708-474-7497, barbd728@aol.comLansing veterans memorial

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Brides Through the Decades Now on Display

Bridal gowns from the late 1800’s through the 1980’s are on display in the Lansing Historical Museum along with photos and commentary about bridal fashion trends through the years. The display will be up through the month of August.  There is no admission fee.

IMG_4862The hours for the museum are Mondays, 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Call 708-474-7497 to arrange tours at other times.

The Lansing Historical Museum is located in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, Il 60438.IMG_4864

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Lansing History Walk on Ridge

Come take a walk back in time! 

On Monday, June 26, 2017, Paul Schulz will16299908_1380381575367252_3354975097523935907_o lead the Lansing Historical Walk on Ridge Rd.  We’ll meet at 6:00 p.m. behind Gayety’s, 3306 Ridge Rd. Paul, who was 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.

There is no fee for this event.  All are welcome!  For more information, call Barb Dust, 708-474-7497, barbd728@aol.com

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Actor Terry Lynch presents “Illinois Inventors”

IL. InventorsNationally known actor Terry Lynch specializes in the portrayal of history’s most interesting, inspirational figures. His one man interactive presentations give audiences a new, first person perspective on the people and events that make up our history and culture.

In “Illinois Inventors” Terry will portray an old-time newspaper hawker spreading the news about the amazing inventions of many everyday objects we rely on.

The program will take place at our meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438.

For more information, call 708-474-7497.

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Notable Architecture in Lansing…a Talk by Lansing architect Ed Lugowski

Lansing presbyterian church Lansing presbyterian church interiorCome and learn about some hidden gems in our community. Lansing architect, Ed Lugowski, will discuss the Lansing Presbyterian Church building, designed by award-winning architect Edward Dart and some other interesting structures in town.

Monday, March 27, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL.  The program is open to all and there is no charge.

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

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What’s Up with History in Our Schools?

Oak Glen and HeritageOak GlenHeritageRenovation has been happening at Lansing schools for some time.  It is easy to see what has taken place.  But what about what goes on in those schools?  Come to the next Lansing Historical Society meeting entitled “What’s Up with History in Our Schools?”   Mary DiGrispino from Lansing School District 158 will show case some of her students as they use drama to learn history.  She has employed drama and hands on activities for many years with her Summer School Time Travelers program.  Jennifer Brown from Sunnybrook School District 171 will present her students’ demonstrations for Black History Month. She has the students utilize modern technology to do research and then present their topics in an engaging way.  Come and see our young people and their innovative teachers in action!

The program will take place at 6:00 p.m. , February 27, 2017, in the Community Room of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL, 60438.

The Lansing Historical Museum is now open again after taking down our Christmas trees around the world exhibit.  In a few weeks, we will start an ongoing exhibit entitled “Lansing History told with 100 Objects.”  We will roll out the first 20 objects in a couple of weeks.  Be on the look-out for more information! The museum is located in the lower level of the Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave., Lansing, IL 60438.

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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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