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Lansing history: Lan-Oak Park – 20 acres of community spirit

By Marlene Cook LANSING, Ill. (June 2, 2022) - Lansing families owe a debt of gratitude to Dorothy Olas and all who joined her in...

Lansing school serves as memorial to fallen military

by Carrie Steinweg LANSING, Ill. (May 27, 2022) - Many schools around the country are named for significant people such as presidents, community leaders, or...

Lansing history: Collected facts about the Lansing News Agency

By Marlene Cook LANSING, Ill. (April 22, 2022) - In days of yore, the newspaper business required a lot more than publishers, journalists, and editors....

Lansing history: From a single typewriter, to rolls of newsprint, to a team of laptops

The Lansing Journal's story is one of necessity and community By Marlene Cook LANSING, Ill. (April 22, 2022) - The original Lansing Journal newspaper was born...

Lansing history: How Lansing got its own museum

By Marlene Cook LANSING, Ill. (April 4, 2022) - “Oh look at this — what is it? How does it work?” We hear a lot...

Women’s History in Lansing: Agnes Smithgall and Rilla Zabel – They created a clothing store for kids

By Marlene Cook LANSING, Ill. (March 28, 2022) – Agnes Smithgall worked in the business office of Illinois Bell Telephone Company in Hammond. Rilla Zabel...

Women’s History in Lansing: Julia Gault – She sued against a mandatory retirement age for teachers

TF South teacher Julia Gault didn't think a mandatory retirement at 65 was right — and a federal appeals court agreed By Marlene Cook LANSING, Ill....

Women’s History in Lansing: Winifred Edwards Gaetze – She led the library through changes and growth

From flashlights and coal, to storm doors and oil, Winnie Edwards ensured the library could meet the needs of a growing community Above: Winifred Edwards...

Women’s History in Lansing: Opal Dewalt – She imprinted a generation of Lansing students

Yet little is known about the woman who led two of Lansing's schools Above: Opal Dewalt was the first principal of Lester Crawl School, which...

Women’s History in Lansing: Dorothy Wernicke – She brought administrative excellence to municipal service

Efficiency, honesty, organization, communication — Wernicke used her skills and experience to serve her community Above: During the time that Dorothy Wernicke served as Village...

Video: Remembering the women of Lansing’s history

Old news about Lansing women becomes today's news thanks to Marlene Cook by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (March 11, 2022) – March is Women's History Month,...

Women’s History in Lansing: May Anderson Walker – She taught pilots to fly

Norwegian immigrant, Navy trainer, doll maker, and mom — Walker didn't consider herself special By Marlene Cook LANSING, Ill. (March 9, 2022) – A tiny Norwegian...

Lansing history: Uncovering Lansing women’s stories

By Marlene Cook LANSING, Ill. (March 8, 2022) - “The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.” That proverb was written by William Ross...

Former Lansing resident remembers decades of community involvement on her 90th birthday

Happy Birthday Delores Ryan! By Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (February 12, 2022) – Milestone birthdays are a natural time to remember. For Delores Ryan, the celebration...

Lansing History: What’s that house behind Subway?

Lansing's Labahn House has ties to the Lansing Country Club, the Chicago Fire, and Al Capone One of the services a newspaper provides is to...