Collector’s Showcase

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Collector’s Showcase last month! We had another great lineup of collections! Thank you also to the Historical Society of Greater Lansing who helped promote the event.

Collector’s Showcase

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Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Elmwood Room of the Delta Township District Library, 5130 Davenport Drive, Lansing, MI 48917


Collectors willing to display their collections and talk to the public about their passion are needed for this just-for-fun, no buying or selling event. Collections at past events have included both antique and contemporary collectibles, such as Pez dispensers, vintage hats, postcards, dolls, Dionne quintuplet memorabilia, Lansing dairy items, and salt and pepper shakers. All collections suitable for family viewing are welcome. One collection will receive the People’s Choice Award, chosen by visitors the day of the event.

Whether you are an avid enthusiast, serious treasure hunter or casual collector everyone has some type of collection they hold dear. Come and celebrate local collectors of all kinds at this joint DTHS, Delta Township District Library, and Historical Society of Greater Lansing event. Check out all the different types of collections and chat with the collectors.

Fill out the form below to register your collection.


A People’s Choice Award for the “best” collection will be awarded at 1:30pm. Come check out all of the collections and vote for your favorite.


Deadline to register to display your collection is Saturday, March 11, limited space is available. All ages are welcome to participate.


1. Each collector will be given up to two tables approx. 2.5’x5’.

2. There will be no buying or selling of items at the event.

3. All collections should be appropriate for viewing by all ages.

4. Organizers will select the best mix of the entrants and selected collectors will be notified on Monday, March, 13.

5. The Delta Township District Library and its partners (Delta Township Historical Society and Historical Society of Greater Lansing) will not be held responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

Historic Photo Sharing Night

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The library and historical society will be scanning old photos of Delta Township. Bring your photos and stories of Delta Township’s past and see and help identify some of the pictures from the library’s collection. We will have a scanner on site if you would like to share your photos with the historical society.

Delta Center Cemetery

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The cannon monument located at the Delta Center Cemetery was presented in memory of the 83 civil war soldiers by the women of the Delta Center Cemetery association. Among the soldiers are six whom were prisoners at the Confederate Prison of War camp near Andersonville, GA, including: William R. Billings, Otis Wilson Carpenter, Albert F. Porter, Elija P. Sanders, Nathaniel H. Space, William H. H. Tallman. [2]

The Lansing State Journal reported on Monday, May 29, 2011 that:

“Nearly 300 men, women and children assembled at the Delta Center Cemetery Saturday [May 27, 2011] forenoon at 10 o’clock to witness the unveiling of the soldiers monument presented by the women of the Delta Center Cemetery association in memory of the soldiers who went from Delta to participate in the civil war” [1].

Join historian and author of Guide to the Civil War Soldiers of Delta Center Cemetery, Chris Czopek, on Wednesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. for a tour of the Delta Center Cemetery and to hear the stories of the Civil War soldiers buried there. Or visit the Local History Room at the Delta Township District Library to read through Mr. Czopek’s book.


Czopek, C. (2007). Guide to the Civil War soldiers of Delta Center Cemetery. Lansing, MI: C.P. Czopek.

Nearly 300 Are At Dedication. (1911, May 29). Lansing State Journal.

First Marriage in Delta Township

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The first marriage in Delta Township occurred in the summer of 1838 between Addison Hayden and Mary Chadwick. A brief notice was printed in the Grand River City Courier the following day: “Married – At Grand River City by Samuel Preston Esq at the house of the bride’s father Mr Addison Hayden and Miss Mary Chadwick both of Grand River City (3)”

In her recollections to the Pioneer Society of Michigan, Mrs. Ingersoll shared the following story:

“An incident occurred in connection with this event which is worth preserving and is related by the wife of Esquire Preston as follows, “Mr Hayden called and inquired for the Squire I told him he was gone to Mr Nichols. By and by he came home and told me that Mr. Hayden wanted him to marry him. ‘Well,’ I said, ‘you can’t go for your clothes are too ragged.’ But the boys came to the rescue and brought out their clothes and Mr Preston tried them on. One could supply a coat another pants another a vest and the outfit was complete excepting a hat Jason was a pretty spruce young man and had a fur hat which he kindly loaned. This put on the finishing touch On his way to the house Mr Preston thought of a second dilemma worse than the first. He was not a praying man and how could he perform the marriage ceremony without prayer. After a while he hit upon a plan he would invite ES Ingersoll to assist in the services. All passed off pleasantly no one suspecting the perplexities the justice had labored under (1).”

Addison Hayden was born c.1796 in Connecticut was head mechanic at the mill at the time of the marriage. He went on to become the Eaton County Surveyor from 1842-44, 1850-52, 1854-55 and then the Township supervisor from 1846-52 and 1854-55. He left the Township in 1856 to become the Supervisor of North Star Township from 1856-58 followed by the Gratiot County Surveyor from 1857-58 (2).

Mary and Addison Hayden had 10 children. Addison past away in 1872 and Mary followed in 1874.