The Historical Society of Greater Lansing is preparing to kick off our summer walking tour series soon! We'll be offering six different walking tours, and one exhibit tour, this summer. All of the tours are free and open to the public - no reservations are required. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a water bottle along. Tours generally last about 90 minutes, and generally cover between four and six city blocks total. We hope that you will consider joining us for a stroll through Lansing history!
Germantown Walking Tour
Thursday, May 17, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Begins at the LCC Administration Building, 610 N. Capitol Ave. Board Room
Step back to the turn of the 20th century when Lansing’s German families lived close together in some of the city’s most fashionable homes. Then known as Germantown, this neighborhood, and the families living in it, were forever changed by WWI.
Lansing Police 125th Anniversary Exhibit Tour
Saturday, June 2, 2018 – 1:00 p.m.
Lansing City Hall, 124 W. Michigan Ave.
Stop by City Hall for a guided tour of HSGL’s exhibit celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Lansing Police Department. The tour will feature unique stories about the men and women who worked for LPD, and the challenges and triumphs of the department, headquartered on this site for more than 100 years.
Cherry Hill Walking Tour II
Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Tour meets at Cherry Hill Park, 515 River Street
HSGL is returning to Cherry Hill, home to some of the city’s most interesting architectural survivals, including some beautiful late-19th century brick houses. This will be our second, all new, tour in the area.
Michigan Ave East Side Walking Tour
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
Tour meets at Michigan Ave. and Clemens St.
Take a walk on the east side, where Lansing grew towards campus. This tour will feature the sites of several important, historic businesses.
South Capitol Ave. Walking Tour
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
Join HSGL for an exploration of the south Capitol Avenue area, from beautiful long-gone brownstones to a mid-century public library, Reutter Park, early apartments, and lovely 19th-century homes.
West Side Neighborhood Walking Tour II
Thursday, August 9 – 7:00 p.m.
Tour meets where North Genesee meets South Genesee, West of Jenison
Lansing’s west side is home to an eclectic array of homes built from the 1910s-1930s for state, auto, and business managers and executives. Beautifully preserved and lovingly maintained, the houses are among the city’s finest. This will be our second, all new, tour in the area.
Moores Park Neighborhood Walking Tour
Saturday, August 25 – 10:00 a.m.
Tour meets at Moores Park, 400 Moores River Dr.
Generations of Lansing kids have spent their summers swimming in the Moores Park Pool, a local landmark. Explore the park, pool, and the early 20th-century neighborhood along the bank of the Grand River.