HSGL Annual Fundraising Auction
Saturday, October 10, 2015
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Don Johnson Field House, Eastern High School
220 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing
The Historical Society of Greater Lansing presents its 5th annual fundraising auction featuring everything from retro kitchen items to a luxury weekend getaway on Mackinac Island on Saturday, October 10 from 4 p.m. -6:30 p.m. at Eastern High School and the Don Johnson Fieldhouse. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or below. Tickets include tailgate style hors d'oeuvres, 1950s and 1960s rock music, and a guided tour of portions of Eastern High School and Don Johnson Fieldhouse.
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Valerie Marvin, president of the Society, said each year the group seeks out an important historical venue to host its auction and this year Eastern High School was selected as the location.
In addition to the auction, the evening includes guided tours of portions of Eastern High School and the Don Johnson Fieldhouse while former State Representative Clark Harder will spin the chart topping hits of four decades as guest DJ. Harder also runs an online tribute site http://musicboxhs.wordpress.com/blog/ to the legendary 1960s Music Box in Houghton Lake.
Marvin said the tour will focus on what Eastern meant to the tens of thousands of “Quaker” graduates who began their adult life and careers there.
“We are honored that the Lansing School District and Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul are allowing us to use this incredible icon for our auction and public tour,” she said.
Marvin said the high school, opening in 1928, is a remarkable example of Tudor Revival style architecture then popular for high schools and universities across America. Previous locations of the Historical Society auction were the former Bank of Lansing (now Comerica Bank), the Strand (Michigan) Theatre, the Board of Water and Light's John Dye Water Conditioning Plant and the Knapp's Department Store.
Marvin said Eastern High School was built to accommodate the city’s amazing growth that stemmed from the expansion of the local auto industry in the first two decades of the twentieth century.
“The city’s growth totally overwhelmed Lansing High School. Before Eastern was built, Lansing High School was being used by two shifts of students each day in order to accommodate all of the people moving into Lansing. The opening of Eastern allowed Lansing high school students to get a quality, daylong education once again."
“Past generations of Lansing residents prepared for their most important moments of life there; young love, homecoming, graduation and career training,” Marvin said.
The history of the Fieldhouse will be discussed and its roots as a sports and performance space for the Boys Training School before being turned over to the Lansing School District.
The President said that each year historical society members cull their personal collections and comb the area for unique items and this year there are more than 100 carefully-curated packages featured in the silent auction where bidders will be able to vie on everything from antiques to special packages for children.
There are also numerous “experiential” offerings including a “Cooking with Mena” experience (with Mena Castriciano, owner of Roma Bakery and Deli and author of Cooking with Mena) to behind the scenes tours of the MSU Archives and Museum and two local private military museums. A full listing of all auction items is available at www.lansinghistory.org.
Marvin said that in addition to unique items for pampering and wonderful experiences there are a number of packages and items for the home including a selection of antique clocks, antique andirons, a Victorian gothic parlor table, a Queen Anne 19th century chair, toy chest (filled with toys and books), a retro kitchen collection, and collectible glassware.
The auction also features some unique art items including a framed folk art print, a framed Oldsmobile 442 watercolor, a framed art piece showing Peggy’s Cove, a limited edition Olds Tower lithograph, a collection of retro inspired Michigan travel posters, photographic work of Dick Frazier and Gilbert Granger and artwork of the Capitol by the late Pat McCarthy.
Also being auctioned off are weekend and overnight stays at the Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island, a condo at Glen Arbor, the English Inn and a Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast, the Beachwood Manor Inn.
And once again by popular demand there will be offered a dinner for eight at Lansing’s Historic Harper House. There are also numerous tickets for two to Michigan historical attractions and festivals. And for those who need to make space at home the moving service of Two Men and a Truck are being offered.
The auction also features more than 10 book packages including mysteries, books by Elmore Leonard, Robert Traver, Michigan history books, contemporary novels, historical fiction and signed books by many authors. Two large selections of poetry and children’s books also will at the auction.
Funds raised from the auction are dedicated to the establishment of a Lansing historical museum.