Paul Schultz named Village Historian by mayor

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Lifelong Lansing resident and annual “Walk on Ridge” guide acknowledged in official proclamation

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (June 21, 2019) – During the June 18 Village Board Meeting, Mayor Patty Eidam made an official proclamation naming lifelong Lansing resident Paul Schultz as Village Historian and declaring June 24 of this year to be “Paul Schultz Day.” Schultz is a member of the Lansing Historical Society and was joined at the meeting by a large handful of other members.

Mayor Eidam read an official proclamation acknowledging lifelong resident Paul Schultz and naming him Village Historian. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Mayor Eidam read the following proclamation:

This is a proclamation by the Village of Lansing, Illinois.

Whereas Mr. Paul Schultz was born and raised in the Village of Lansing and has lived here all his life,

And whereas Mr. Schultz delivered United States mail in Lansing for 34 years,

And whereas Paul has a wealth of knowledge of Lansing history,

And whereas he shares his knowledge every year with Lansing during the Lansing Historical Society “Walk on Ridge” every fourth Monday in June,

And whereas June 24th, 2019, will mark 35 years that Paul has shared his passion for Lansing history at the annual “Walk on Ridge,”

And whereas we recognize Paul’s extreme dedication to Lansing and the Lansing Historical Society,

I officially name Mr. Paul Schultz Village Historian and furthermore do declare June 24, 2019, as “Paul Schultz Day.”

[Applause]

Now therefore I, Patricia L. Eidam, Mayor of the Village of Lansing, do honor and recognize Mr. Paul Schultz for his continued efforts to save Lansing’s past for its future. It is with great gratitude and respect that I acknowledge the work of Mr. Paul Schultz and the Lansing Historical Society and present to them this formal expression of admiration and support.

Many members of the Lansing Historical Society were present at June 18th’s Village Board Meeting. Mayor Eidam recognized the group as a whole and asked them to stand. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Following Mayor Eidam’s proclamation, Schultz spoke briefly. His comments are below:

I want to thank the Village. I did this history walk because I enjoyed sharing my hometown with folks. I’m born and raised in Lansing, and I kind of miss that neighborhood feel the Village used to have and so forth, but I still love to talk about it. So I want to thank the Village and I want to thank folks, I want to thank the [Historical] Society. Thank you.

Schultz’s annual “Walk on Ridge” will take place on Monday, June 24. The History Walk is free and open to the public. The walk will begin behind Kilroy’s (3502 Ridge Road) at 6pm.

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