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History Comes Alive In Lansing Cemetery

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(WLNS) - There's a lot of history behind the white arch of Mount Hope Cemetery. Many historical figures such as Ransom E. Olds, James Potter  and Frank Dodge are buried here.

This weekend, for the first time, the Central Michigan T's Model T Club took a step into history as they were given a private tour of the grounds.

Ted O'Dell, president of the Central Michigan Model T club, likes the opportunity to meet in the cemetary. "I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for us to educate ourselves about some of the automobiles from the turn of the century."

The "Friends of the Lansing's Historic Cemeteries" hosted the tour and also showed off the newly renovated mausoleum of Ransom E. Olds.

"The R.E. Olds mausoleum is now 105 years old and it had not been updated in some time. The plants were very old,  used, they had seen better days and had fed many-a-deer over the time," explains Loretta Stanaway, president of the Friends of Lansing's Historic Cemetaries.

With the help of a few companies, and funds from the Olds family, the mausoleum was recently cleaned up to make for a more appealing

historical site.

"The interest for us are the forefathers of the automobile industry that are from Lansing and many of them are buried right here," reminded O'Dell.

Members of the Model T club drove in their Model T cars to celebrate the 150th birthday of Ransom E. Olds.  And while a day spent at a cemetary may not sound appealing to some for car lovers like Ted O'Dell and the members of the Model T club it's a priceless history lesson.

O'Dell said, "We like to stick to historic sites that are in mid-Michigan and I was surprised when we took a poll of our club members many of the members have not been here for an official tour."

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