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From Sepia to Selfies: Photography exhibit opens in State library


The Historical Society of Greater Lansing opened a photography exhibit on Sept. 18, at the State of Michigan Library. “From Sepia to Selfies: 150 Years of Lansing Photography,” showcases 150 years of Lansing and East Lansing history—including the history of Michigan State University.

Vice President of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing Bill Castanier said that the idea for the exhibit came from three different sources.

The first inspiration came from the amateur photographer Clara Heldemeyer.

“She was a very advanced amateur photographer, and (the Historical Society of Greater Lansing) was given three photo albums full of her works,” Castanier said.

Heldemeyer was born in 1891, and she lived in the Lansing area until her death in 1982.  She had photographs in the World Fair of 1939, and she won a national photography award.

According to Castanier, Heldemeyer specialized in salon portraits and you can see her work at the exhibit.

“(The Historical Society of Greater Lansing) was thinking the state capital has always been a gathering place for all types of groups: from the Klu Klux Klan to the Girl Scouts. Debates, protests, and meetings happen here, and we wanted to show that,” Castanier said.

This was another source of inspiration for the display.

According to Castanier, the final reason that the Historical Society of Greater Lansing decided to open the exhibit was because one of the members had over 100 cabinet cards. Cabinet cards are 3-inch by 5-inch photographs mounted on a board that is then attached to cabinets.

Photographs were submitted from Lansing area residents, as well as from private collectors. The Clarke Historical Library from Central Michigan University loaned an exhibit that shows the evolution of photography from the time it was created to modern day.

There are also photographs from Ginger Sharp, who worked in Lansing, and was the first full-time female photographer to work at a newspaper in the United States.

“(There are) over 300 photographs on exhibit, as well as 14 display cases that have artifacts and tools. The first digital camera is on display,” Castanier said.

According to Castanier, the photos portray moments in history that people tend to forget. There are pictures of a co-ed wedding from 1915. A co-ed wedding was a mock wedding when people of the same sex would dress up and form a whole wedding party.

The majority of the photos are vernacular, or taken by amateurs, but Castanier believes that adds a rare, unique and unusual aspect to the display.

“I think there’s some photos that will startle people, and some that will make them smile,” Castanier said.

The exhibit is on the  fourth floor of the library and runs until Dec. 31. The library is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of every month.

 

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Photos: Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer rock the auditorium

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Photos: Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer rock the auditorium


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Rich Homie Quan concert made MSU feel some type of way

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Rich Homie Quan concert made MSU feel some type of way


“Some Type of Way” has been the MSU football team’s anthem all the way to the Rose Bowl and back, but on March 11, Rich Homie Quan brought the feeling to East Lansing. At the MSU Auditorium, Rich Homie Quan and Kid Ink took the stage and gave students a show—he even got Coach Mark Dantonio to up on stage and dance.

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Students, faculty bear the cold to walk for MLK

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Students, faculty bear the cold to walk for MLK


Last month, MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives sponsored the University’s 34th MLK Commemorative March. MSU students, faculty, alumni and friends braved the frigid weather to make the trek from the MSU Union through West Circle Neighborhood ending at Beaumont Tower.

This year’s march was one of several special events during MLK weekend that marked the start of Project 60/50 — a yearlong conversation and celebration of civil and human rights. Project 60/50 commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the of the Civil Rights Act — two pivotal moments in American civil rights history.

The project’s organizers have planned a series of events that will take place throughout 2014 including two exhibitions showing at the MSU Museum now through July.

For more information, visit Project 60/50’s website.

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NEXT shows off Lansing’s young artists

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NEXT shows off Lansing’s young artists


Throughout February, the MICA Gallery in Old Town will be filled with youthful art of all shapes and sizes.

MSU advertising professor Henry Brimmer is curating NEXT, an exhibition of projects from high school and college students that are shared in hopes of instilling youthful energy in Lansing. These projects include any type of art, with everything from photography and painting to live performances being featured.

In its opening week, NEXT featured paintings, live music, live fashion models, slam poetry, and stand up comedy. A new group of talented students are sharing their work at the gallery each week until the end of February.

NEXT Exhibit openings occur at 7 p.m. on Saturday nights at the MICA gallery located at 1210 Turner Street in Old Town.

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MSU in color: Red

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MSU in color: Red


Red is a tricky color to find on campus. My thoughts of “being seasonal” quickly proved harder to photograph than anticipated. Luckily for me, we hosted the men’s volleyball Michigan Hardwood classic tournament last weekend. I got to watch friends of mine from the University of Wisconsin play and ultimately found some red subject matter because of it. But despite taking pictures of another team, my heart is still with the Spartans. Go green!

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Izzone Campout 2013

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Izzone Campout 2013


Spartan basketball season is just around the corner, and to kick-off the year, the Izzone Campout brought a record-breaking 3,000-plus students together for a night of celebrating Michigan State Basketball.

September 27 was a warm and sunny day-perfect for frisbee, cookouts, campfires, and even some inflatable obstacle courses at Munn Field. The energy was incredible as well, with hundreds of eager students pitching tents and staying the night in hopes of achieving lower bowl tickets for the highly anticipate 2013-2014 season, which starts November 8th.

Later in the evening, Coach Izzo and the MSU Men’s basketball team made their annual appearance. Izzo hyped up the crowd with a speech, and players introduced themselves and answered questions. Overall, it was a night filled with an appreciation for Michigan State basketball.

The Izzone Campout is a strong indicator of just how much Spartan spirit there is at Michigan State. Go Green!

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Middle of the Mitten 2013

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Middle of the Mitten 2013


This year, Middle of The Mitten celebrated its 5th music festival with a three-day affair, Jan. 24-26, organized by The Record Lounge on Grand River, as opposed to two days in previous years. The music festival is way of celebrating the opening of the all vinyl store, which opened early 2008. What started out as a small project by Joel Heckaman who obtained his degree at Michigan State University in professional writing, has turned into a much bigger part of the community. Every year there are a few current students at Michigan State who are a part of his team, organizing, planning, designing and advertising.

On Thursday, Jan. 24, there was a kick off party featuring solo artists like Vince Zydek and The Hand in The Ocean. It was an intimate setting as twenty or more people got to listen to acoustic sets in the store. Despite the small space, everyone got to enjoy the local up and coming music artists. On Friday, the event moved a little less than a block where it was held at SCENE Metrospace, which was not so far away from the store. More artists locally in Michigan were featured, including Nathan Alan. The last night of the festival took people slightly further away. The night was filled with rock music as they occupied the Loft down in Lansing. With a much bigger space, there were many more possibilities.  Bands like Bicycle Sunday and Elliot Street Lunatic took the stage where both local and not so local bands have played.

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MSU in Color: White

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MSU in Color: White


No matter how long I have been living in Michigan, I will continue to be shocked and confused by its indecisive weather pattern.  One day there is snow falling from the sky and the next day it feels like the middle of May.  However, January 2013 has been a lot more promising of snowy weather than past years, even though East Lansing has recently turned into one huge pond due to the drastic change in climate. Fortunately I was able to capture some of the winter scenery throughout the month before it melted.  And with white being the color of purity, I figured there was no better color to start off a fresh new year.

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Silverbells in the City 2012

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Silverbells in the City 2012


Thousands of Lansing locals of all ages gathered near the capitol to celebrate the holiday season on Friday Nov. 16.  Among the various activities was a 2.5 mile fun run, an electric light parade and of course, the lighting of the Christmas tree. Before the parade, many spectators and participants also enjoyed holiday shopping in the downtown shops and refreshments at the local bars and restaurants. Once the parade started, the sidewalks were completely filled with barely any walking room as people desperately tried to get the best view of the show.  Once the infamous Santa Clause drove by on the last float, it was time for the lighting of the tree.  Everyone relocated to the front of the State Capitol building in anticipation.  Many contributors of the event gave thanks and acknowledgement to the people who made the event happen.  As the crowed counted down, the tree finally illuminated and was accompanied by a firework spectacular.  The people of Lansing and surrounding areas watched together in awe as the Holiday season officially started.

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