Past Events

Ingersoll Dollar Watch

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6 p.m.
In 1892 Robert Hawley Ingersoll and his brother Charles Henry Ingersoll, began selling mail-order dollar watches. Over the next twenty years, nearly forty million dollar watches were sold and the Ingersoll’s coined the phrase “The Watch that made the dollar famous!” Learn more about The Ingersoll Dollar Watch and its connection to Delta Township. Co-sponsored by the Delta Township Historical Society.

Rock, Rebellion and Brownies: Memories of the 60’s

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6 p.m.
Take a trip down memory lane with Castanier (a local writer and President of the Greater Lansing Historical Society) and Bob Pearson (a DJ for WILS in the 1960’s and WITL in the early 1970’s). Together they will reminisce about the news, books, movies, social happenings and music of the 1960’s.

Aviation and WWI

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6-7:30 p.m.
World War I was the first major war to make heavy use of aerial combat. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI with a discussion about developments in aviation leading up to and during WWI and the state of the U.S. as we entered the war led by Kevin Kenz, a 25-year volunteer at Kalamazoo’s AirZoo.

 

Tour of Great Lakes Christian College

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Great Lakes Christian College is a four-year private Christian college founded in 1949 in Delta Township, Michigan, west of Lansing. Join us for a tour of their campus.

Collectors Showcase

Saturday, March 18, 2017
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 DTDL, Delta Township Historical Society , and Historical Society of Greater Lansing event. Check out all the different types of collections and chat with the collectors.

Visit dtdl.org/showcase for more information and to register to display your collection.

Historic Photo Sharing Night

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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.

Getting Started with Genealogy

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Find out how to get started and stay organized during your genealogy research from Jim Moses.

Tour of Delta Center Cemetery

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Join us for the Delta Township Parks and Rec’s tour of the Delta Center Cemetery.

Trinity United Methodist Church

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Learn about the history of the Trinity United Methodist Church from local historians Jane and Terry Bryce.

Collector’s Showcase

Wednesday, March 19, 2016
The 2016 Collectors Showcase was another great success. Fourteen collectors were on hand displaying their collections. The collections on display included paper dolls, Coca-Cola collectibles, Chinese Jade, kangaroos, fisher price toys, Pez candy dispensers, air mail greetings, dolls, and more. Congratulations to Valerie Donally and her granddaughter Gabby who won the People’s Choice award for best collection with their collection of “Ideal Crissy dolls and family members dressed in their ‘groovy’ Ideal original fashions along with some of their accessories.” To see more of their collection visit: http://www.dollswelove.com/.

To see more photos from the event, visit: https://goo.gl/photos/AazmPrYA3a9p7uMEA.

Stories from Delta Township

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Michigan Oral History Association President Rick Peiffer will share stories he has collected about the neighborhoods surrounding St. Gerard Church, including Bretton Woods, Robins Road and the Marmoor subdivision. Presented by the Delta Township District Library and the Delta Township Historical Society.

Our People, Our Journey: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Celebrate National Native American Month with James McClurken, Native American researcher and author of 2010 Michigan Notable Book Our People, Our Journey: The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. Dr. McClurken will share the story of the Little River Ottawas and their multi-generational struggle to preserve and maintain their homeland.

Relics from the Past: Historic Covered Bridges and Grist Mills of Michigan

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015
Wally Jung, a long-time postcard collector, dealer, and historian, will focus on the importance of these structures in the development of towns and villages across Michigan. Wally collects postcards of Michigan covered bridges and grist mills, and will share rare images from his own collection, as well as images he has photographed. Join us for a glimpse of these beautiful and historic structures, as well as information on vintage post cards.

Wally Jung has collected postcards for over 25 years, and has turned his hobby into a business, selling postcards at shows, antique malls, and on eBay. He currently organizes and manages 14 postcard shows, including the semi-annual Southwest Michigan Postcard Club Show & Sale each year in October and April at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds Expo Center.

Creyts Farm Tour

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Take a tour of one of Delta Township’s historic farms. Learn about the history of Creyts Farm. Then join us for a picnic at the farm. Cost for meal: $12 per person. Registration deadline is June 6. Email info.deltamihistory.org to reserve a place.

One-Room School Houses of Eaton County

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 6 p.m.
Learn about the Eaton County One-Room School Houses featured in the Eaton County Historical Commission’s new book, Rural Schools of Eaton County, MI. Led by Jan Sedore and Joe Ann Nehmer, a group of dedicated volunteers painstakingly scoured the corners of the county to find information about the current status of the buildings to early photos and student rolls. From attics to libraries and basements to barns they have scanned, copied and saved information that may have otherwise been lost. In partnership with the Delta Township District Library.

Location: Delta Township District Library, 5130 Davenport Drive

Library of Time

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Take a stroll through time at the library. Reenactors and historical displays from American history will be set up throughout the entire library. Stop in to learn and have fun during this fun, interactive history celebration. All ages welcome. Visit dtdl.org/events/library-of-time for more info. In partnership with the Delta Township District Library.

Location: Delta Township District Library, 5130 Davenport Drive

Antique Kitchen Gadgets

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6 p.m.
Bill Carter will be displaying and discussing his collection of antique kitchen gadgets.

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