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Historical Society annual meeting next week

September 15, 2005

A discussion about changes in the Lansing Historical Society's mission and a talk by historian Gene Young will highlight this year's annual meeting of the Lansing Historical Society.

The annual meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Lansing Community Center.

In August, the city of Lansing and the Historical Society completed an agreement under which the city would take over ownership and daily operation of the Lansing Historical Museum on Jan. 1, 2006. The museum, 115 E. Kansas Ave., has been operated by volunteers from the Historical Society since opening in 1999.

"We're wanting to tell folks about it," said Linda Lockwood, president of the society, which was established in 1989.

Lockwood has said the society would continue to exist as an organization and assist the museum with volunteer help where needed. It also will continue to meet monthly, conduct fund-raisers, purchase artifacts for display and support the museum in other ways.

Wednesday's annual meeting "is an opportunity to make sure the membership knows the scope and focus of the society will be changed," Lockwood said.

With the city taking over responsibility for operations, the museum is expected to be open a minimum of 30 hours a week, compared to the six hours a week it is now open.

In addition to the discussion, Young will give a talk on the history of the society.

"I know he will have something interesting to say," Lockwood said about Young, whose "History Corner" column appears weekly in The Current.


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