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Historical Society of Greater Lansing Presents:

Double-Take: Greater Lansing in the Age of Stereographs
by Craig Whitford and Jacob McCormick
Thursday October 18, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.

Historians Jacob McCormick and Craig Whitford will introduce you to the little-known world of greater Lansing stereoview images. They’ll provide you with the history of the stereograph as well as an overview of those local and national photographers that created them. You’ll be treated to a tour of images captured as a double-photograph that, when viewed with a stereoscope, produces a three-dimensional view. Many of the images Jacob and Craig will present have not been seen before.



David Claerbaut, author of "Duffy Daugherty"
Hosted by the Historical Society of Greater Lansing
Library of Michigan
Lake Erie Room, 2nd floor
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7 PM – 8 PM

David Claerbaut, author of “Duffy Daugherty: A Man Ahead of His Time,” will discuss Duffy Daugherty—humorist, trailblazer, raconteur, and Hall of Fame football coach—arguably the most famous figure in the storied history of Michigan State University football.  Daugherty’s nineteen-year tenure at MSU was marked by great success. Between 1955 and 1966, eight Spartan teams finished in the Associated Press top ten college football teams. He adorned the cover of the October 8, 1956, issue of Time magazine and was a major figure in bringing African American athletes into the mainstream of college sports.

David Claerbaut is a championship coach, nationally known business consultant, and motivational speaker. He is a Master Methodologist at Grand Canyon University and previously was Chair of the Sociology/ Anthropology Department at North Park University in Chicago, where he also served as Athletic Director.

Duffy Daugherty

Michigan Genealogical Council Fall Family History Event

Michigan History Center, Lansing
Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Michigan Genealogical Council with the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan are proud to present a day with John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. Colletta is on the faculty of the Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research (IGHR) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). Registration.

John Colletta, author

Michigan History Day Research Rendezvous

December 1st, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Michigan Library and Historical Center
Library of Michigan Lake Erie Room
Museum Rooms TBD

The Historical Society of Michigan, Library of Michigan and Michigan History Center are proud to host a Research Rendezvous!

  • Discover new primary and secondary sources
  • Learn more about MHD at a mini-lesson
  • Get research help from librarians and archivists
  • Learn about Special Categories
  • Park, print, and explore for free!

Students can learn more about the library and archives, speak with librarians and archivists about their research, and attend mini-lessons on writing a thesis, connecting to the theme, and general category overviews. Don’t forget to check out Michigan Topics.   Students can come for the whole time or for an hour or two.

The event is completely free, including parking and admission to the Michigan History Museum.  Traveling from a distance?  Check out the Lansing visitors bureau for travel options.

RSVP helps with planning.

Coat of Arms

Detroit Lions Display
Library of Michigan
2nd floor South

Originally called the Portsmouth Spartans from Portsmouth, Ohio the Detroit Lions are a professional football team that makes Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan their home. The Detroit lions are one of the oldest teams in the NFL getting their start in 1930. Want to know more about The Detroit Lions? Check out our display on 2nd floor south where you can find: pictures, videos, and books on Lions greats like NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. Also, take a peek behind the curtain into what life is like off the gridiron with memoirs from past Lions players.

Detroit Lions

Updated 10/12/2018