Michigan Ave. Eastside Walking Tour
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
Tour meets at the corner of Michigan Ave and Clemens St.
Come stroll with HSGL through the historic 2000 block of Michigan Ave on Saturday July 14, at 10:00 a.m. The 2000 block has long been a focal point and anchor for the dynamic Eastside neighborhood.
Dave Muylle, a restoration specialist, builder and neighborhood resident, and Joan Nelson, Director of Allen Street Neighborhood Center, will conduct the tour.
The 2000 block has seen scores of businesses come and go as times and tastes changed, continuing to serve as an important retail and housing area for the neighborhood. It has seen numerous drug stores, apartments, butchers, grocery stores, bars, bakeries, restaurants and a hardware store since modern development began in the 1920s. When the block was first built up neighbors mostly walked to stores on the strip or took a trolley.
Muylle and Nelson will explore the transformation of the 2000 block during its 100 year history. Following the tour join Dave at the nearby cottage neighborhood he is constructing on Leslie St. to see how the neighborhood is on the move.
South Capitol Ave. Walking Tour
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
Tour meets on Capitol Square
Join HSGL for a walk down South Capitol Ave. where we'll be discussing architecture, people, and the growth of the city on Saturday, July 28. Once home to the wooden capitol building, beautiful brownstones, and elegant residences, South Capitol Ave has morphed into a place of business and civic pleasure with the construction of two Masonic Temples, the development and beautification of Reutter Park, and the creation of the downtown branch of the Capitol Area District Library. The tour will also wander by some properties west of Capitol Ave., including the Porter Apartment Building/Hotel and the old YMCA.
Congratulations to the 2018 Morris Peckham Award Winners!
Sgt. Justin Moore and Msgr. George Michalek J.C.L. were honored at the annual meeting of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing for their efforts to preserve Lansing history.
The Robert J. Morris and Linda R. Peckham Towering Achievement Award was presented by Linda Peckham, spouse of the late Robert Morris. The award was created by Peckham as a way to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the preservation of Lansing history.
Morris and Peckham were among the first to recognize the importance of preserving Lansing history and were also pioneers in adaptive reuse when they restored the St. Mary’s Convent and converted it into condominiums.
Moore was recognized for his efforts in leading the Lansing Police Department’s 125th Anniversary celebration and Michalek for his role in the establishment of the Diocese of Lansing Archive.
Each of the award winners received a personalized plaque illustrated with a stylized version of the Olds Tower made from a “found” printing plate from the 1930s.