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Made in Lansing Exhibit

Tuesday, May 27, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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More Information: Valerie Marvin 517-282-0671

Advisory: A 1901 Curved Dash Olds Runabout will roll into Lansing City Hall at noon, Tuesday, May 27 where it will be the centerpiece to the Historical Society of Greater Lansing’s exhibit “Made in Lansing” which opens Friday, May 30 and ends October 31, 2014. Receiving the Curved Dash will be Mayor Virg Bernero, Bill Adcock, director of the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and Valerie Marvin, president of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing

The “Made in Lansing” exhibit which will be housed jointly in the atrium of Lansing City Hall and at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, features more than 125 iconic products that were made in Lansing over the last 125 years or are still being made in the city.  The Curved Dash Olds will join items as diverse as the iconic pocket protector and the Bon Kura patent medicine. View the pocket protector image and patent information:

“The “Made in Lansing” exhibit celebrates the city’s magnificent record of invention and innovation,” Valerie Marvin, president of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing said.

“The Historical Society of Greater Lansing is proud to present this exposition of products made in Lansing with the expectation the exhibit will trigger memories of the companies that helped create the 20th century,” Marvin said, "as well as perhaps helping inspire the next generation of innovators."

A special preview of the “Made in Lansing” exhibit opens Friday, May 30 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in the atrium of Lansing City Hall. On Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both the exhibit in Lansing City Hall and the Transportation Museum will be open for “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” promotion. A $1 passport is required for admission into the Transportation Museum; the City Hall exhibit is free. For information on the BTYOT and where to buy tickets

On Saturday May 31 for “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” local letterpress printer Arie C. Koelewyn of Paper Airplane Press and Cindy McCormick of Retro Creations will demonstrate old-time processes at the “Made in Lansing” exhibit in the atrium of City Hall. Koelewyn will be making bookmarks and McCormick will be making wool socks on a 108-year-old LeGare knitting machine.

Marvin said that in addition to seminal products like the pocket protector, attention will be given to the workers who made those products and the locations at which they were made. The exhibit also will feature a look at Lansing’s future by profiling entrepreneurs and the products they create for the new economy.

“The history of Lansing’s innovative products closely parallels America’s Industrial Revolution,” Marvin said.

“Visitors will be able to follow, through carefully selected items manufactured in Lansing, the city’s transformation from an agricultural and timber-based economy to the high technology center it is today producing a vast array of items ranging from food-testing kits to Kid Rock recordings,” she said.

Marvin said that during the time the exhibit is in place the Historical Society will host several programs which focus more intensively on specific exhibit themes or items such as Hurley Smith's Pocket Protector.

For the first time, the Historical Society of Greater Lansing will co-sponsor with the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum an exhibit in the Museum showcasing the diversity of products produced by the automotive industry during its earlier years.

Marvin said most of Lansing residents may have heard about R.E. Olds and his “Curved Dash Olds”, but few know that Lansing auto-related companies produced lawnmowers, snow blowers, refrigerators and boat motors.

“And almost lost to time are the stories of companies that produced the most bob sleighs and wheelbarrows in the world during the early part of the last century before making the transition to automotive suppliers,” she said.

Among the companies, products and categories included in the exhibit are:

  • Hugh Lyons Company Paperweight and Pen Holder
  • Wooden Prudden Wheel with steel frame – WWI era
  • Testing kit from Neogen
  • Software from TechSmith
  • Wooden Tray, Lansing Company
  • Metal sign from Wohlerts
  • ACD Computer
  • Everclear Pocket Protectors
  • Abrams Optical Instruments – WWII
  • Capitol Bedding Co. Mattress
  • Hmong Bedcover
  • Hmong Pillow sham
  • Rustic Wooden Cigarette Stand
  • Saw Mills and Sleigh Bells book by Linda Peckham
  • Adventures in Contentment by David Grayson
  • E is for Entrepreneur by Barbara Hranilovich
  • Hart Truss
  • Martin Block concrete blocks
  • O’Leary Paint paint cans
  • Silver Lead Paint framed images
  • Capital Fur woman’s coat
  • Ingersoll Watches
  • Morgan Jewelry, Lansing pocket watch
  • Morgan Jewelry polishing cloth
  • Cradle by Terry Harshman
  • Casket by Owen Beiler
  • John Herrmann Sons’ vest
  • Sticks and Strings knit shawl
  • Chris Triola sweater
  • Man’s collar box
  • Lansing Woolen Mill image
  • Abrams Optical Image reader
  • Riverwalk Theatre costumes
  • BoarsHead costume from King Lear and images
  • Louis Violin Shop rebuilt violin
  • Lansing Rocks record
  • Donlee Records
  • Lansing Brewing Company tray
  • Sanitaire Ice Cream container
  • Lansing Dairy Crock
  • Hi-Klas Bottle
  • Sweetielicious Apron
  • Stone Circle Bakery Sign
  • WJIM TV studio architectural renderings
  • Jack Robbins WJIM Radio coffee mug
  • Lansing printed sheet music
  • City Pulse bound edition
  • Lansing State Journal and printing plates
  • Joint Issue newspaper
  • Olds Tower printing plate
  • Michigan Manual
  • Michigan in the War
  • State of Michigan Public Acts
  • New Citizen Press first edition
  • Lansing Catholic newspaper
  • North Oyster Company tin
  • Reutter lard tin
  • Queen Bee food tin
  • Cut glass celery dish
  • Queen Bee, Hammell, Cigar box
  • Additional cigar boxes – 2
  • Bon Kure Prohibition medicine
  • Country Stitches Quilt
  • Lansing Quilt Guild Quilt
  • Photographs from downtown Lansing studios
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Paramount Coffee Bags
  • Potato Bags
  • Biggby Coffee
  • 1901 Curved dash Olds
  • Image of Gladmer Theatre
  • Image of Lansing Dairy Milk Man
  • Image of Buck’s Furniture
  • Image of Bement Stove Ad
  • Bement Stove
  • Maud S.  hand pump
  • Cyril McGuire UAW Jacket
  • Collection of Union buttons
  • REO Worker badge
  • Pocket Protector patent copy
  • Prudden Wheel patent copy


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