It was back in 1996 when I first joined the Lansing Historical Society and I’ve learned so many fascinating things about this place in that time.
I developed such an interest that I gathered what I’d learned into two books. The latter, "Legendary Locals of Lansing," was released in November and can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office for $22 with proceeds going to the Santa House.
I was so excited recently when I got an email from Patty Eidam, the village clerk, about plans to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the incorporation of our village. The vote to incorporate Lansing actually took place on March 4, 1893.
The 120th Lansing birthday celebration will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. March 3 at Park Plaza, at Ridge Road and Grant Street. The event will include a performance by the Memorial Junior High Choir, a history walk led by Paul Schultz and a reading of the original voting and incorporation by Village Trustee Mikal Stole, followed by birthday cake, a historical timeline, family activities and food vendors at the American Legion. For more information, call at (708) 832-4567.
To get in the spirit, here’s a little Lansing history quiz. The first person to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct answers will win a one-year membership to the historical society on me.
1. J.B. McDonald was:
a) the first postmaster
b) the first mayor
c) a farmer
d) a restaurant owner
2. The historic hangar at the Lansing Municipal Airport is called:
a) The Lansing hangar
b) The South Suburban hangar
c) The Ford Hangar
d) The Memorial hangar
3) The following communities were incorporated into Lansing:
a) Oak Glen and Lansing
b) Seester, Oak Glen and Lansing
c) Oak Glen, Bernice and Lansing
d) Lansing and Cummings Corner
4) What 1860s building was recently demolished:
a) the Busack building
b) the old Village Hall
c) the former library
d) the Van Steenberg home
5) The first family to settle in Lansing was:
a) the Eeinegenberg Family
b) the Lansing brothers (Henry, George and John)
c) the Hildebrandt family
d) the Schultz family
6) The first documented business in Lansing was:
a) the Busack tavern
b) the School Street Market
c) the Union Hotel
d) the Lansing General Store
7) What was the population of Lansing at the time of its incorporation:
8) When was the first village hall built in Lansing
9) What was Lansing’s population in 1930?
10) How many votes were cast in the vote to incorporate the village of Lansing?
Lansing Roundball Classic returns
The second annual Lansing Roundball Classic takes place this week as the fifth-grade basketball teams from various Lansing schools compete. Games take place at Memorial Junior High School on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For Saturday’s game, a nonperishable food item can be given at the door in lieu of admission with donations going to the Lansing Food Pantry.
LACE planning Sock Hop
The Lansing Association for Community Events (LACE) is planning a Valentine’s Sock Hop from 6 p.m. to midnight Feb. 15 at J.J. Kelley’s, 2455 Bernice Road in Lansing. The event includes '50s music and food and admission is $10.