New book chronicles Lansing's First Family

Apr 24, 2014

The Turner-Dodge house is the only 19th century residence in the greater Lansing area open to the public.
Credit Flickr - Greater Lansing Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Take a drive through Lansing Township north of the Capitol, and you’re likely to pass by a stately Classical Revival-style mansion.  Beginning in 1855, the  Turner-Dodge House on North Street was home to several generations of one of  Lansing’s most prominent families.  Today, it’s an interpretive center with its own spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

The mansion’s former curator has written a new book on the life and times of the Turner family. Elizabeth Homer is the author of “Pioneers, Reformers and Millionaires,” which officially launches on Tuesday, and she joins us to discuss Lansing's First Family.