History Buffs

History comes alive when you immerse yourself in some of Greater Lansing's museums, monuments and era-themed festivals.

Learn about how the city of Lansing came into existence at the Michigan Historical Museum or see some of the first cars ever manufactured at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the variety of information to learn about and the hands-on displays at many of the attractions.

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Historical Hot Spots

State Capitol Building

Step back into the Victorian era with a visit to Michigan's award-winning Capitol Building. Designed by Elijah E. Myers, one of the foremost…

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Beaumont Tower

Beaumont Tower marks the site of Old College Hall-the first building in America erected for instruction in scientific agriculture. A gift from…

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Ingham County Courthouse

Standing in the center of downtown Mason, this 100-year-old-plus courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. A…

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Malcolm X Homesite Marker

Malcolm X, eloquent spokesman for civil rights and for the oppressed everywhere, lived in Lansing in the 1930s on a site that is now a registered…

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Don't Miss These Events

Car Capital Celebration

This free car show celebrates Lansing's automotive history and features over 200 classic cars…

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Must See Museums

MSU Museum

The MSU Museum is the science and culture museum at Michigan State University and the state’s first Smithsonian Affiliate. The Museum features…

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Can't wait to learn more about Greater Lansing's history? Get your fill now by reading up on the history of the auto industry and more.

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History Lesson


From Biddle City to the State Capitol, see the progression of what we now know as Lansing.

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