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Former postman Paul Schultz to lead Lansing Historical Walk down Ridge Road

Monday, June 25, 6:00pm

by Melanie Jongsma

Paul Schultz carries a binder of notes he’s collected over the years, and he speaks into a bullhorn so the crowd can hear him over Ridge Road traffic. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma, 2013)
LANSING, Ill. (June 7, 2018) – For long-time Lansing residents, it’s a trip down Memory Lane. For newer members of the community, it’s an introduction to some of the cultural quirks of Lansing. Paul Schultz will lead his annual Lansing Historical Walk along Ridge Road on Monday, June 25, beginning at 6:00pm.

Schultz, who was born and raised in Lansing, will share historical information from his years as a mail carrier delivering mail to the businesses along Ridge Road. Typical points of interest include:

  • Memories of the fire that destroyed First Reformed Church
  • How to recognize a Sears House
  • Why there were blackboards in the walls at Jack’s Pub
  • What Cole & Young Jewelers used to be
  • The house that was picked up and moved to a different corner
  • Before Fox Pointe—where the Lansing Municipal Band used to play

Each year Schultz includes a different mix of facts and anecdotes, and participants are invited to share their own memories and questions, so the Lansing Historical Walk varies from year to year.

Participants will meet at 6:00pm behind Gayety’s Chocolates & Ice Cream (3306 Ridge Road). No previous registration is required, and there is no cost for the tour.

For more information, contact Barb Dust of the Lansing Historical Society: 708-474-7497.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.