President: Historical society to remain involved
The Lansing Historical Society isn't going away after Jan. 1, the date it will transfer the Lansing Historical Museum and its day-to-day operations to the city.
"We will continue to exist as an organization, and we will assist in the operation of the museum with volunteer help where needed," Linda Lockwood, the society's president, said.
The group will continue to meet monthly, conduct its fund-raisers, purchase artifacts for display and support the museum in a number of ways, she said. One will be as a clearinghouse for items donated to the museum.
"Since the Lansing Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, it will continue to accept items donated to the society for the museum and maintain accountability for these items and place them in the museum for display," Lockwood said.
The society anticipates being able to transfer more than $20,000 to the new building fund when the switchover begins, Lockwood said.
In return for entering into agreement with the city, the society gained the city's promise to place at least two members of the society's board of directors on the Regional Prisons Museum board. The city will allow the society to conduct its meetings in the museum, and grant free admission to the Regional Prisons Museum to anyone who is now a lifetime member of the society.