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Turner Dodge House

"Historical Heritage Holders" Open House

A trio of Friends are co-hosting "Historical Heritage Holders," an Open House to showcase the three groups and the unique ways each preserves Lansing's history.

The Friends of Turner-Dodge House and the Fenner Conservancy and the Friends of Lansing's Historic Cemeteries will hold the Open House at the Turner-Dodge mansion on Friday, February 20th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

The open house will focus on the mission of each of the three groups as they work to preserve the historical heritage of the city owned park properties they advocate for and their shared ties to the Turner family. Fenner Nature Center is on land donated by the Turner family, there are Turners buried in Evergreen Cemetery, and the Turner-Dodge mansion was once owned by the Turner family. The event will highlight the work of each group and offer guests opportunities to support their efforts through memberships, donations, sponsorships and volunteering. Representatives from each group will be on hand with displays and informational materials and will be ready to answer questions and sign up new members. Light refreshments will be served and Liudmila Bondar will be playing piano throughout the event. The Turner-Dodge House recently reopened to the public after extensive repairs and renovations necessitated by a flood caused by broken water pipes during the freeze of the Winter of 2014.

All three groups are 501-c-3 non-profits and support the task of the city Parks and Recreation Department to fund, staff and maintain these historic properties.

The Fenner Conservancy, the Friends of Turner-Dodge House, and the Friends of Lansing's Historic Cemeteries are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/fennernaturecenter, and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Turner-Dodge-House/155837724473773 and https://www.facebook.com/LansingCemeteries respectively.

Media: Contact persons are Fenner Conservancy: Jenny Mensch, 517-974-3949, volunteer@mynaturecenter.org; Friends of Turner-Dodge House: Michael Beebe, 517-372-1348, beebem@michigan.gov or Barbara Loyer, Barbara.loyer@lansingmi.gov; and Friends of Lansing's Historic Cemeteries, Loretta S. Stanaway, 517-648-5730, LansCemFriends@aol.com.

The Turner Dodge House is scheduled to reopen for rentals beginning January 2nd, 2015. Call 517-483-4313 to book your event now.

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Brett Kaschinske
Parks & Recreation Dept.
200 North Foster Street
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Lansing, MI 48912

Here at Lansing Parks and Recreation we strive to provide all of the Lansing community with quality recreational opportunities. One way we do this is through our youth scholarship program. In the economic climate of today we are finding more families in need of this financial assistance. Your donation will help us ensure we are able to scholarship Lansing youth who request assistance.


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