Trains, Planes & Automobiles
Transportation history will be the focus of three co-sponsored HSGL programs during October. Come join us for a look at Lansing’s history of “Trains, Planes & Automobiles.”
Babe Ruth: Airport Kid
East Lansing Public Library – 950 Abbot Rd.
Lansing’s own aviatrix, Marion “Babe” Ruth, will be the subject of a program by Lansing historian Craig Whitford. Ruth lived next to the Lansing airport and became fascinated with flying, taking her first flight in 1931 at age 13. She soloed in 1936, receiving her pilot’s license the following year and her commercial license four years later. During WWII Ruth served as an flight instructor using a flight simulator. She has been inducted into both the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame and Women’s Hall of Fame. Presenter Craig Whitford has written Airport Kid: Learning to Fly, which details Ruth’s early life in aviation. The event is free.
And Back to the 19th Century
Civil War in Michigan
Thursday, October 27 – 7:00 p.m.
CADL-Downtown Branch – 401 S. Capitol Ave.
Staff from the MSU Archives will discuss their Civil War online website and some of the more interesting documents in the collections. The MSU Civil War website was created during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and features diaries, letters, and photographs from this period of American history.