Historical Society offering walking tour of Moores River Drive tomorrow

Dates of tour changed from next week because of the heat


WEDNESDAY, June 22 — The Historical Society of Greater Lansing will  focus on exterior architecture in a walking tour tomorrow along Moores River Drive.

City Pulse's print edition incorrectly said the tour is next week and that a tour of homes near the Capitol is this week. The Historical Society told City Pulse this morning it had changed the dates.

The Moores River Drive walking tomorrow begins at 6:30 p.m. at the entrance of the Country Club of Lansing , 2200 Moores River Drive, Lansing.

The Capitol tour begins at 6:30 p.m. June 30 at Elderly Instruments,  1100 N. Washington Ave., Lansing. 

Tomorrow's tour includes a classic California style arts and crafts bungalow and the homes of several Lansing industrialists and business leaders, including  Realtor Theodore Foster, Wallace Olds (brother of R.E. Olds); car dealer Freeman McClintock,  automotive industrialist Billy Durant and the Estes family, which founded Estes Furniture and Estes funeral home,  later to become Estes-Leadley.

Tour guide Valerie Marvin will discuss how Belle Maniates, a noted author whose books were made into silent movies, became the first female member of the Lansing Country Club. In addition, there will be a discussion on the summer home of James Moore, a Lansing industrialist and benefactor who donated Moores Park to the city of Lansing.

The Capitol tour next week will proceed  from Elderly Instruments to view the exterior of homes  on Maple Street and Capitol and Ceasar Chavez avenues. The tour will include those of a pilot who not only enlisted in the Royal Air Force in WWI, but also flew planes on one of the earliest explorations of noted arctic and Antarctic explorer George Wilkins; the first founding member of the Lansing Symphony; a female inventor and a suffragette. The tour will finish at the former Pulver Gas Station on Ceasar Chavez, which has been restored by Dale Schrader.

In recognition of Elderly's  50th anniversary, cake and ice cream will be served. Guests may take a selfie alongside a newly restored 1930s era gas pump.


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