MSU’s Living History Project: Helen Glass, 98, of Lansing

May 5, 2015

Helen Glass
Credit Courtesy MSU Living History Project

For the past year, students in MSU's School of Journalism have documented the life experiences of seniors in our state as part of the multimedia initiative "The Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan's Oldest Old." Oldest old refers to individuals who are 85 years old or older. It's also the fastest growing age group in the U-S.

The Living History Project is a collaboration between the School of Journalism and College of Nursing. Professors Geri Alumit Zeldes, Linda Keilman and Eric Freedman led the project.

As part of a four-part documentary series that will air on Tuesdays throughout the month, Current State presents 98-year-old Helen Glass. Glass of African American and Native American descent. At 98, she still drives and lives independently in Lansing. Her passion for music continues to inspire her and she remains active in her church community. She enjoys sharing her memories of jazz club life with her family. Master's Student Emily Schneider brings us her story.

The work is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.