History

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A history museum in southeastern Michigan is set to unveil a mural celebrating the city's immigrants, despite the artist being behind schedule.

Bobby Kennedy and Berl Schwartz
Courtesy photo / The Daily Pennsylvanian

Fifty years ago today, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. For many, he seemed on his way to the office that his brother, John Kennedy, held when he was shot and killed five years earlier. Lansing City Pulse owner and publisher Berl Schwartz looks back at his encounters with the Bobby Kennedy campaign and the Senator himself.


Gene and Maya Washington photo
Courtesy photo

Gene Washington is one of MSU’s greatest football heroes. He was one of the African-American players recruited by coach Duffy Daugherty out of the deep south in the 1960s, integrating college football and winning national championships.

Washington’s daughter, Maya, has made a documentary film about her father, his teammates, and what their history means to modern-day players. It’s called “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar.” It will debut this weekend at the FREEP Film Festival in Detroit.


portrait: Kirshenbaum
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Welcome to Serving up Science -- the series all about food: where it comes from and how it impacts our health and our planet.


MSU Physician, Activist Remembers MLK

Apr 4, 2018
Courtesy of William G. Anderson

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally aired on WKAR on April 4, 2013.

On this date 50 years ago, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in Memphis. 

Megan Malone at Williams Hall photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

There are six student dormitories on West Circle Drive on the MSU campus, and all six are named for notable women in the school’s history.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl met up with MSU archivist Megan Malone for a Women’s History Month walk around West Circle Drive to learn about these six women. They started at Williams Hall.


R.E. Olds Museum Executive Director Bill Adcock signs papers to complete building purchase photo
R.E. Olds Museum photo

The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum has completed the purchase of its building and property from the city of Lansing for $2.

Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War 1. A new exhibition at the MSU Museum reveals how the government promoted the war. It’s called War and Speech: Propaganda and Patriotism in the Great War.


R.E. Olds Museum photo
Courtesy photo / R.E. Olds Museum

The city of Lansing has agreed to sell the building housing the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum to the museum’s operators.

Muster at the Mill photo
Carol-Anne Mann

Civil War re-enactments are common events for people interested in the history and warfare of that era. Less common are events that bring the Revolutionary War back to life. This weekend, the Muster at the Mill at Uncle John’s Cider Mill remembers what organizer Scott Mann describes as the “gentlemanly nature of warfare” in those days.


Little Rock Nine student’s journey from Arkansas to EL

Sep 25, 2017
Ernest Green and Mark Bashore photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Editor's Note: this interview originally aired in September 2015.

In September of 1957, Ernest Green and eight other African American students stood outside the all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, their entrance blocked by a line of Arkansas National Guard Soldiers. The Little Rock Nine became symbols of the fight to integrate public schools in America. We talk to Ernest Green about what it was like to be a part of such a historic moment ahead of his lecture in East Lansing on Thursday.

WKAR and Michigan State University entered the era of radio broadcasting on August 18, 1922! Join us as we celebrate 95 years making a difference in your capital region. 

 

Every day during the month of August, we'll bring you a piece of history from 1922 until now.

 

Eugene Wanger photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan is the only state that includes a prohibition on the death penalty in its constitution. Eugene Wanger was a young Republican delegate to the constitutional convention in the early 1960’s, and he drafted the capital punishment clause approved by state voters in 1963.


Lake Superior photo
Pixabay

While most visitors to the Fort Wilkins State Park are probably unaware of it, the park is actually of national historical significance for several reasons.

Lansing Labor Holiday photo
Courtesy photo / Ralph W. Lewis Collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

The city of Lansing is commemorating an important event in labor history this weekend. On June 7th, 1937, businesses and factories in the city were shut down by what has come to be known as the Lansing Labor Holiday.

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