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Item or Series Title Voices of Lansing Oral Histories
Catalog Number 1991-05-001
Description "The Voices of Lansing: An Oral History" was a project sponsored by the Lansing Public Library, the History Committee of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum with assistance from the Oldsmobile History Center. Interviews took place between 1988 and 1991. It was supported by a City of Lansing Outstate Equity Grant. The goal was to create a body of oral history recordings documenting the Capital region with the following focuses:

-The Library would focus on surviving mayors and government personalities.

-The Museum would focus on contributors to the area automotive industry.

-The Chamber would focus on leaders of business and industry, and workers long left out of printed resources.

Although the project never was completed, due mostly to hangups in the transcription process, many interviews were done and have been digitized by the Forest Parke Library & Archvies at CADL in 2015. Any interview for which there is a signed release on file is available for listening online; those without releases may be accessed in the Local History Room at CADL. If a transcript or summary of a recording is available, it is also linked to its record online in PDF format.
Collection Title Voices of Lansing Oral Histories
Creator Greater Lansing Chamber of Commerce
Other Creators R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
Lansing Public Library
Dates of Creation 1988-1991
Year Range from 1988
Year Range to 1991
Object Name Fonds
Copyright Information Capital Area District Libraries has received unrestricted rights for the majority of the oral histories contained in this project. For assistance in properly crediting these materials in a research project or other re-use, please contact the Forest Parke Library and Archives at
Search Terms Oral history
Cities & towns
Lansing (Mich.)
Automobile industry
City & town life
Child Records Olds Anderson Oral History
Frank Benedict Oral History
Mabel Bohnet Oral History
Ralph Crego Oral History No. 1
Ralph Crego Oral History No. 2
Phyllis Fitzpatrick Oral History
Walter Graff Oral History
Walter Neller Oral History
Gerald Graves Oral History
Robert "Bob" Huxtable Oral History
Richard "Dick" Letts Oral History
Elmer J. Manson Oral History
Maxwell E. Murninghan Oral History
Henry A. "Hank" Reniger Jr. Oral History
Thelma E. Sanford Oral History
Marjorie Shelden Oral History
Seward H. Van Ness Oral History
Donna Werback Oral History, Part One
Donna Werback Oral History, Part Two
Geneva Kebler Wiskemann Oral History