You asked and we’re responding! After many requests, HSGL
is refreshing our walking tour of downtown historic churches. The
tour will include some of Lansing’s oldest congregations and most
beautiful historic buildings, including Christ Community Church
(formerly First Baptist), Central United Methodist Church, St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral, First
Presbyterian Church, the former Christian Science Church (at 505
Seymour) and we’ll finish at the old St. Paul’s German Evangelical
Church, located at Walnut and Genesee. We’ll be talking about a
variety of topics, including architecture, the relationship between
churches and the capitol, how churches benefited from the local
auto industry, and the evolution of a German congregation during
World War I.
changing dynamics of education in Lansing during the 1960s,
including desegregation of schools and busing. Former teachers
at Main Street School will participate in a panel discussion, and
the Pave the Way Project will collect ephemera, photographs and
video memories, along with hosting a curated bus tour of the
I-496 route. Anyone who went to school at the Main, Lincoln,
Michigan, Kalamazoo and Sexton schools are invited. Also
during the event, the presentation of the Morris-Peckham Award
will be made, honoring Adolph Burton and Kenneth Turner for
their work preserving local history.
Way project. The tour will include the homes of the Letts family
(of Letts Bridal), the McGuire family, doctors, dentists, lawyers,
elected officials, and others. The tour will provide insights into a
tight knit African American neighborhood created as the result of
the I-496 construction. The tour is in cooperation with the West
Side Neighborhood Association.